It was another game from which the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team emerged proud of its effort.
But, unfortunately for the Sailors, it also was another loss.
Steamboat dropped its second game in as many days, falling to Ponderosa, 3-1, in the second game of a challenging Denver tournament.
"Things went very well," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "It was a very successful 3-1 defeat."
Steamboat's lone goal came in the first half.
Junior Kiersten Henry broke through the defense then beat the Ponderosa keeper one on one.
"It was a nice finish into the net," Bohlmann said.
It did little to help Steamboat's chance of winning, however. The team already trailed 3-0.
"Still, it was an extremely tight game," Bohlmann said. "Looking back, we needed to be a little sharper in the first eight minutes. That's when they scored two of their goals."
Ponderosa's early charge did little to diminish Bohlmann's enthusiasm for his team's performance.
"We feel very good," he said. "You don't always come away from a game looking at the win-loss results. You look at what happened on the field and the individual and group results that happened on the field. We took steps forward.
"It was a very tight game until the final whistle, and there were moments we were the better team. It was a fantastic group effort."
Steamboat returns to action today, although the squads final opponent in the three-day tournament and the time of its last game won't be established until other tournament games are played this morning.
Win or lose, if the team can turn in another performance like Friday's, Bohlmann said they'll come home happy.
"The girls are extremely happy with themselves," Bohlmann said. "I think they realize what they accomplished in terms of closing the gap from the play in our league to other extremely high level teams.
"That's been the primary goal so far this season - closing that gap."
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