Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team shook off more rust and a tough outing after the first day back from spring break, downing rival Moffat County, 4-0, on Tuesday in Craig.
Steamboat, which fell, 5-0, to Cheyenne Central on Monday, took a 3-0 first-half lead and was never really challenged.
“It wasn’t bad,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said Tuesday. “We came away from (Monday), and it was a tough re-entry from spring break. We went in (Tuesday) with the mentality we could have done a lot more. We were a little better than how we showed” Monday.
Steamboat (7-4 overall, 5-2 in the Western Slope League) took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when Joanie Bier scored. Emi Birch made it 2-0, and Carly Fox gave the Sailors a 3-0 lead in the first half.
“They were very pretty goals,” Bohlmann said. “They were all nice fluid strikes.”
Bier added another tally in the 50th minute to make it 4-0.
Bier, who was out until Monday with a knee injury, made an emphatic return to the lineup and should make the Sailors more potent as the season moves toward its end.
Bohlmann said he would work Bier back into the lineup and that she’ll either play in a forward or center midfield position.
“With this group, she has had such a presence in our attack,” Bohlmann said. “Collectively, as a group, we’ve done well to fill in the pieces with her absence. In this late stage of the season, it’ll be a boost to the group psychology.”
Steamboat now prepares for a 6 p.m. showdown Thursday at Glenwood Springs. Glenwood leads the Western Slope League but lost to Steamboat earlier in the season.
Steamboat traditionally struggles on Glenwood’s narrow field, and Bohlmann said a win would be a big motivational boost for the Sailors.
“For us, a win would help us out psychologically as we go into that final stretch,” he said. “We’ll be the only team to hand Glenwood two losses.”