Steamboat Springs Facing a field of talented opponents, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team entered this weekend's tournament in Denver with limited expectations.
"We just wanted to be competitive in every game we played," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said.
The Sailors almost exceeded that goal in the first game of the weekend.
Playing against Centaurus in the first round of the tournament, Steamboat first lost a late lead, then lost the game early in the first overtime period, falling 2-1.
"Obviously, the natural reaction for the players was to be disappointed after they had worked extremely hard for 85 minutes and lost," Bohlmann said. "But, the point we made is we'd much rather have a situation where we came out, were competitive and came away losing than lost 5-0 or 6-0 like has happened at this tournament in the past."
For much of Thursday's second half, Steamboat seemed to be in line for the win.
Steamboat's McKenzie Worden broke a scoreless tie with a goal early in the second half, and the Sailors nearly clung to that one-goal lead for the rest of the game.
Bohlmann said Steamboat goalie Hanna Berglund came up big in the first half, and Joanie Bier played well in the midfield to lead the Sailors.
It wasn't enough to stop a Centaurus goal with just four minutes remaining in the game, however.
The Warriors tied the game after scoring on a corner kick to send it to sudden-death overtime.
There, they were able to score first and win the game.
"It was a good game," Bohlmann said. "We accomplished our No. 1 goal for the tournament, and that was come down and be very competitive outside our league."
The Sailors will have another crack today when they face Ponderosa.
"Again, it's going to be an extremely competitive game," Bohlmann said. "The level of play may even be a little higher. We're looking to regroup quickly and come out to play hard. We have to go and battle and be as competitive as we can."