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Steamboat Springs High School's Johnathon Roser, right, takes control of the play in Tuesday's game against Glenwood Springs High School in Glenwood. The game ended in a scoreless draw.
Glenwood Springs Eighty minutes weren't enough to settle matters. An additional 10 minutes of overtime didn't do the trick, either.
Even with both teams producing a number of scoring chances, Tuesday's high school boys soccer showdown between Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs went down as a scoreless draw.
It was all too fitting an end result, given the teams' history of dramatic play at Glenwood's Stubler Memorial Field.
And it was an ending Steamboat's Tony Rende gladly took. In recent years, his Sailors have left Glenwood reeling from devastating defeats.
"Last year, we lost here with two minutes left," the senior said. "The year before, we lost in overtime. I thought we fought hard. I thought everyone on the team was working their hardest. We gave a pretty good effort."
The Demons, playing without a pair of scoring threats in forwards Travis Whitman and Sydney Van Horn, walked off the field feeling like they, too, dodged a bullet.
"It was a good test tonight," Glenwood coach John Mount said. "With the holes we have on the team from injuries, I thought our younger guys did well coming up. We moved some guys around tonight. Our defense was stellar."
Whitman is sidelined with what appears to be a posterior cruciate ligament injury.
He's also battling a strained calf. Mount's not sure when he'll be back. Van Horn's saddled with an ankle injury and could return as early as next week.
Steamboat, too, had to deal with key absences.
"We've got a couple of sick players, an injury and a couple of other issues where players weren't able to suit up today," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said.
Those who did suit up traded jabs - in a purely figurative sense - all night long.
Scoring chances came in flurries.
In the first half, Ryan Buchanan nearly had Glenwood up 1-0.
Taking a long forward pass from teammate Kevin Hartmann with room to sprint up the left flat, Buchanan separated enough from a pursuing defender to get off a tough-angled shot from near the end line. The 27th-minute strike rolled just wide of the far post, though.
The Demons again got a good look at goal just before halftime, when Garrett Brown directed a forward pass to Casey Montoya, who had a short shot scooped up by charging Steamboat goalkeeper Connor Birch.
Steamboat's best first-half opportunity came in the 34th minute, when a ball settled in front of Christopher Holmquist, who chipped a short-range shot high.
There were chances in the second half, too.
In the 64th minute, Glenwood's Clay Hawkins followed a Steamboat-struck ball across the end line and quickly set up the resulting corner kick, booting a pass to teammate Garrett Brown, whose mid-range liner flew just high over the crossbar.
The Demons' Kellin Casey took a pass from Buchanan less than two minutes later, quickly bringing the ball up the right flat ahead of the defense.
But his shot missed the mark.
The Sailors nearly got on the board late themselves, including twice on a pair of long free kicks.
Glenwood keeper Carson Wilde managed to bat one away and haul in the other.
Wilde also snagged a Charlie Von Thaden line drive out of mid air in overtime.
The senior keeper finished the game with seven saves, stats he credited to the Demon backline.
"Our defense stepped it up, definitely," Wilde said. "Garrett Brown, Kevin Hartmann, Jordan Weeden, Carlos Ramirez, those guys made my job easier tonight."
As always seems to be the case when the Demons and Sailors tangle, no one had it easy Tuesday.
"We feel really good," Bohlmann said. "Going back to our track record, this is the most difficult place for us to get a win or to get a tie."