Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team got off to another fast start, downing Palisade on Tuesday, 2-0.
"I wouldn't say it was more tight than we were expecting," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "It definitely posed a different tempo than we've seen in the past couple weeks. That took some adjustment. The girls met the challenge and solved the problem."
The Sailors scored just 31 seconds into the game when three passes left the ball at the feet of senior Mandi DeVos, who pounded the ball home for a 1-0 Steamboat lead.
Steamboat put the game away in the 60th minute when Emi Birch took a perfect feed from DeVos and popped the ball over the Palisade goalkeeper to put Steamboat up, 2-0.
"I wouldn't say we dominated," Bohlmann said. "We had a good run of play. But Palisade, they were very tenacious and created some opportunities. It was a game that had to be played for 80 minutes."
Despite not having played for several days, Bohlmann said he was happy with the way his team was able to take control of the game. Even with a couple of games canceled during the weekend, Bohlmann said the Sailors were able to adapt to the situation.
Now Steamboat (6-2 overall, 5-0 in league) prepares for another out-of-league test. The team welcomes Grand Junction Central for a 5:30 p.m. game at Gardner Field on Thursday.
Grand Junction Central is at the top of its league and should pose a significant challenge for Steamboat.
"It should be two of the top teams in our part of the state," Bohlmann said. "It looks to be like it will be a fun game to play."