Steamboat soccer set to battle Eagle Valley today

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After playing just two games in the past 17 days, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team has a torrid stretch of four games in seven days, beginning at 10 a.m. today against Eagle Valley at Gardner Field.

The light schedule has given Steamboat the opportunity to focus on certain areas of its game as the Western Slope League race hits its stride.

Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said the team worked on its general fitness, possessing the ball, speeding up its play and having the right mentality going into games.

Judging by the league standings — Battle Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Palisade and Steamboat all are tied at the top with one league loss — every game will have a profound impact on the eventual rankings.

Don’t count out Eagle Valley, a scrappy team that nearly clipped perennial league power Battle Mountain earlier this season.

“Hopefully we’ve taken care of our fitness,” Bohlmann said. “We need to make sure from the opening whistle, we have that right mentality. We want it to be two-touch soccer, and hopefully find that rhythm speed of play that keeps other teams running and catching the ball.”

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