Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer players practice Friday afternoon. They play today at 11 a.m. against Glenwood Springs.
2010 soccer schedule
2010 Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer schedule
Today, 11 a.m. vs. Glenwood Springs
Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Battle Mountain
March 20, 2 p.m. at Cheyenne Central High School
March 25, 6 p.m. vs. Rifle
March 27, 1 p.m. at Moffat County
April 3, Noon vs. Eagle Valley
April 6, 6 p.m. vs. Battle Mountain
April 9, 5 p.m. at Grand Junction
April 10, 11 a.m. vs. Palisade
April 13, 6 p.m. at Eagle Valley
April 17, 10 a.m. vs. Falcon High School
April 27, 6 p.m. vs. Moffat County
April 29, 6 p.m. at Glenwood Springs
May 4, 4 p.m. vs. Delta
May 7, 6 p.m. at Centaurus
May 8, TBA state playoffs begin
Steamboat Springs Although there are positions to fill and questions to be answered, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team should be in a position to win its second consecutive Western Slope League title.
The team returns most of last year’s athletes and should find out relatively quickly where it stands in the league.
Along with Battle Mountain and Glenwood Springs, Steamboat is a perennial challenger for the top spot in the league.
“I think that’s the anticipation based on history,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “But when you head into the end, whether that pans out, you never know. Palisade has been building momentum, and you never know if there is another unknown out there.”
Steamboat opens at 11 a.m. today at home against Glenwood Springs. The game is a nonleague match but should give good insight into where the teams stack up. After that, Steamboat travels to Battle Mountain on Tuesday to open up the league schedule.
It might not be how Bohlmann would prefer to start the season, but it certainly will set a base for the rest of the spring.
“We feel it’s a luxury it’s not a league game,” Bohlmann said about today’s matchup. “It is against a common opponent, and we know each other quite a bit. Then we’re right into the first league game against Battle Mountain. Through our play, however it is, the assessments have to be quick and the adjustments have to be quick. (Today) is that day. We’ll see where we are, and then we’ll move forward.”
Steamboat’s strength again should come from possessing the ball. The team lost goalkeeper Hanna Berglund but returns several strong players at all three levels. Finding ways to score might be Steamboat’s biggest challenge.
“Our strength is definitely possession,” senior midfielder Emi Birch said. “I would consider that a strength of Steamboat soccer. But we’ve got to find more of an attacking mentality. Hopefully that will become a strength for us.”
In addition to league opponents, Steamboat will play four outside teams to get better competition. A couple of wins there could go a long way when playoff seeding comes.
Until then, Bohlmann said the focus would be on trying to fit the pieces together and win another league title.
“Success breeds success,” he said. “We do have a lot of returning players. It instills that mentality. The expectation for us is we’re going to fight and hopefully get a second consecutive league title. These girls have that confidence going into the season from last year.”