Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer player McKenzie Worden takes a shot Saturday during Steamboat's match against Glenwood Springs. The Sailors won, 4-1.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer player McKenzie Worden takes a shot Saturday during Steamboat's match against Glenwood Springs. The Sailors won, 4-1.

Steamboat senior DeVos leads girls soccer squad to 4-1 win


— The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team is setting lofty goals.

But early in the season, the Sailors needed to figure out exactly where their goals would come from.

On Saturday at Gardner Field against Glenwood Springs, Steamboat might have found at least one of those goal-scorers.

Sailors senior Mandi DeVos tallied three goals, and Hayley Brookshire added one of her own, to help the Sailors cruise to a 4-1 win against the Demons.

"There's a fine balance between laying it out to someone else and finding your moments," DeVos said. "I just really think (coach) Rob (Bohlmann) has been working on mentality. It's being confident in front of the box. I found a few lanes and capitalized."

DeVos got the scoring started for Steamboat in the 14th minute, when a penalty inside the box gave her a penalty kick. DeVos easily slipped one inside the left post to give the Sailors a 1-0 lead.

Then, in the 38th minute, Brookshire took a perfect pass from Mia Quick and lofted a shot just inside the right post for a 2-0 lead.

Despite playing strong in the first five minutes, Glenwood struggled to keep up with Steamboat for most of the first half.

The Sailors dominated possession and had chances to extend its lead on several occasions.

"We're still trying to figure some things out," Glenwood coach Bryan Stoltzfus said. "It's being on the field and being outside. The first five minutes of the game we passed really well. After that, we fell apart. Some of it was conditioning, and I think we just ran out of gas."

DeVos added her second goal of the game in the 65th minute, when she took a centering pass from Sydney Bauknecht and pounded it home to give the Sailors a 3-0 lead.

That's when Glenwood started to play better. The Demons cut the lead to 3-1 in the 70th minute when Michaela Mansfield beat Steamboat goalkeeper Hanna Berglund to the ball and scored.

Glenwood had two opportunities thwarted in the final 10 minutes. The Demons failed to convert on a free kick just outside the box in the 72nd minute and missed on a corner kick in the 74th minute.

DeVos sealed the game in the 78th minute when she maintained possession just outside the Glenwood box and put a left foot on a shot that squeaked inside the right post.

"All season long, we've been trying to emphasize who is going to be our goal-scorer," Steamboat assistant coach Julie Wernig said. "Mandi definitely stepped up (Saturday). Her initial response is looking toward goal, and I think it's starting to show.

"It's huge. I think this week we worked on finishing a lot. Steamboat has always been known for playing great soccer, but once we get into that (offensive) third, it's always a struggle.

"Especially with our group this year, we haven't had the one go-to girl. Now we're starting to see some girls emerge."

The girls next play Thursday at the Valor Christian Tournament in Denver.


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