Steamboat Springs High School senior Daniel Wright jumps to get control of the ball Saturday during Steamboat's match against Palisade at Gardner Field. Steamboat won, 4-0.

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Steamboat Springs High School senior Daniel Wright jumps to get control of the ball Saturday during Steamboat's match against Palisade at Gardner Field. Steamboat won, 4-0.

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Steamboat regains edge to shut out Palisade, 4-0

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Steamboat Springs High School junior Tony Rende heads the ball toward the goal Saturday during Steamboat's match against Palisade at Gardner Field. Steamboat won, 4-0.

— Throughout the season, Steamboat soccer coach Rob Bohlmann has preached that the focus is not really what other teams do but how his Sailors handle their own game.

So after Steamboat Springs High School suffered its first loss of the year Thursday

at Glenwood Springs, Bohlmann said it would be important to not let that dictate how Steamboat performed Saturday against Palisade.

Apparently the message sank in.

Steamboat (7-1 overall, 4-1 in league play) dominated the full 80 minutes Saturday, easily beating Palisade, 4-0.

"It's good. The big part of it is the cohesiveness and the resiliency," Bohlmann said. "Guys were disappointed after Thursday. The disappointment was there for about 30 seconds, though, because we had to move on to the next one, and we responded well" Saturday.

Steamboat got on the board early - a trait of the team this season.

This time, the quick score came in the fourth minute, when Ryan McConnell scored to give the Sailors an early lead. Fellow senior Lars Johnson added a goal 13 minutes later to send Steamboat into the half up 2-0.

Steamboat "has some nice talent and they play a sweet game," Palisade coach Drake Jandreau said. "You always expect that from Steamboat. They know the game well."

The Sailors continued to pour it on in the second half. Steamboat got goals from Grant Murray and Andrew White in the 68th and 69th minutes, respectively, to finish off Palisade.

Still, the score could have been much worse had Steamboat finished its plethora of other chances.

Palisade keeper Zachary Reeves was under fire for most of the game. Steamboat's best chances in the second half included Tony Rende just missing a header in the 41st minute and Blake Eddington just missing on a cross in the 61st minute.

"I was pleased with my boys (Saturday)," Jandreau said. "They did much better than they did (Friday). I was pleased with our play because we kept fighting back. But, obviously we were outmatched in this game."

For Steamboat, the stretch run for a league title and potential home playoff game starts now.

The team still has Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain twice on the schedule. Seeing as how all the games played between Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain, Glenwood and Steamboat have been decided by just one goal, Bohlmann said finishing on Steamboat's opportunities will be paramount for the rest of the season.

"It comes down to the efficiency in the attacking zone," Bohlmann said. "In a tight game with Glenwood, we played with a lot of heart and it came down to Glenwood being able to finish one more than us. For us, it's can we capitalize? With all the top four teams it's been a one goal differential. We know that's going to be the margin."

Steamboat next plays at 5:45 p.m. Saturday against Eagle Valley.

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