Steamboat Springs Before the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team could head toward warmer weather and beaches for spring break, there was a little work to do Saturday. And although the team wasn’t its sharpest, Steamboat did just enough against Falcon at Gardner Field, coming away with a rain-soaked 1-0 win.
“Our thoughts coming away was it wasn’t our best soccer today,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “On the positive side, we never relinquished pressure. I felt like we played a lot of the game in our attacking half. We took the game to them and looked to attack.”
Falcon never really threatened Steamboat. The Sailors, now 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Western Slope League, came out from the start and imposed their will in the first five minutes of the game.
In the second minute, Jenna Peters’ shot just sailed wide of net. Two minutes later, McKenzie Worden found Kiersten Henry just outside of the box. Henry steadied the ball and rifled a shot over Falcon keeper Chelsea Crandall for a 1-0 lead.
“McKenzie laid out the ball to me in front of the goal,” Henry said. “I looked up real quick and just shot it.”
From there, Steamboat dominated possession but couldn’t finish on several chances.
Falcon’s lone and best chance came in the 55th minute when Amanda Lindsey settled the ball outside the box and hit a shot that sailed wide of the goal.
Steamboat had opportunities in the 63rd and 66th minutes to extend its lead, but Mia Quick’s shot ventured wide and Emi Birch sailed a direct kick high.
The win sends Steamboat to spring break in a good position. Throughout the past five games, in which Steamboat is 3-2, the Sailors have been playing good soccer. Even in the losses, Steamboat was in a position to win.
“We’ve felt and we feel it’s going to be our strongest year,” junior Hope Scott said. “We needed those losses to build. Our confidence is getting higher, but this week is key.”
When Steamboat gets back from the break, it will play at 5 p.m. April 26 at Cheyenne Central, a game that’s being made up from earlier in the season. The team also will play two more games that week against Moffat County and Glenwood Springs.
Spring break can pose a challenge for keeping players in shape. Steamboat, however, should have an advantage this year. Bohlmann is taking 16 players from the program to San Diego for the week.
The team will scrimmage on Monday against the San Diego Surf, a premier club team.
“It’s going to be nice balance of training and beach time,” Bohlmann said.