Steamboat soccer heads to Glenwood Springs

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— At this point, it’s all about finding the proper mindset for the Steamboat Springs High School girls varsity soccer team.

The team plays at 6 p.m. today at Western Slope League champion Glenwood Springs. Glenwood wrapped up the league title with a 4-2 win Tuesday against Delta.

Although Steamboat (7-4 overall, 5-2 in league play) can’t win the league title, there is certainly some relevance to today’s contest.

The Sailors traditionally run into challenges on the Demons’ narrow field. Their possessional play is negated, and Steamboat struggles.

“It’s going to be a tactical mindset of going in and how can we create space with the ball,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “It’s a narrow field, so time and pressure is very little. Our speed of play is going to have to be sharp. Our ability to try and create space is going to be key. Our focus heading into training is counterattacking and springing players forward where we can find ourselves in some numbers up situations.”

Steamboat beat Glenwood, 2-1, earlier in the season. If Steamboat were the only team to beat Glenwood twice, that would give the Sailors a boost as the season heads into the final stretch.

“It will be very defined for both teams,” Bohlmann said. “It also helps both teams as we look ahead into the postseason. The experience level and intensity of play will be at a very high level.”

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