Steamboat soccer player Sam Glaisher takes a shot at the goal during Thursday's game against Glenwood Springs. The teams tied at 0.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat soccer player Sam Glaisher takes a shot at the goal during Thursday's game against Glenwood Springs. The teams tied at 0.

Steamboat, Glenwood soccer play to 0-0 draw

Steamboat, Glenwood soccer play to 0-0 draw - again

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— That was fitting.

In a season that has seen draw after draw among top teams across the Western Slope League soccer-scape, Thursday's Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs game again ended as a scoreless draw.

The two high school teams have played each other twice this season and neither team has been able to breach the goal line in 180 minutes of soccer, including overtime.

"Goodness," Glenwood coach John Mount said. "We've got to make the goals bigger or something in this league to get a win. It's just so even. These low-scoring games, with this league, everyone is so tight."

As with the first meeting, Sept. 8 in Glenwood, opportunities abounded on both sides.

Each team had prime chances in the first 40 minutes to put the pressure on the other team.

Steamboat's best came in the first 10 minutes, when Brandon Marr couldn't finish two headers right inside the Glenwood box. The Demons got a chance in the 16th minute, when Travis Whitman found Sailors keeper Connor Birch out of net. But Whitman's shot sailed just wide.

Three minutes later, Sidney Van Horn beat a couple of Steamboat defenders and had a one-on-one situation with Birch, but the senior Steamboat keeper turned him away.

The second 40 minutes, however, belonged to Steamboat. The Sailors had the run of play for most of the half but could never capitalize.

The two best chances came from senior forward Grand Murray.

In the 48th and 54th minutes, Murray found himself along the right side with just the keeper to beat.

The first time his shot sailed just above the crossbar, and the second time, Demons goalkeeper Carson Wilde deflected the short-side shot.

Steamboat sophomore Enrique Lopez had an opportunity in the 65th that just trickled wide, before Sailors senior Sam Glaisher had two free kicks deflected away by Wilde in the 69th and 74th minutes.

"At the end of the day, we feel good about the effort," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "We played some good soccer but just came up on the short end of the stick.

"Their keeper came up big. It's sometimes easier said than done scoring goals against a good team."

The tie did little to clear up the league picture. Steamboat went to 2-1-3 overall and 2-0-3 in league play, and Glenwood goes to 4-1-3 and 2-1-2.

Battle Mountain is atop the league, having picked off Glenwood, 1-0, on Tuesday. Steamboat played Battle Mountain to a scoreless tie earlier in the season.

Neither Steamboat nor Glenwood has played Eagle Valley, the other team in the league expected to battle for the top spot.

"Seems to be the four teams locked up," Mount said.

"It happened last year, too. It's good to see because I think it helps our league improve as a whole. We had some opportunities and so did they. It was good soccer."

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