Steamboat soccer beats Delta

Win sets girls up for big game Wednesday at Glenwood Springs

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— It wasn’t pretty, and oftentimes it was sloppy, but the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team did its job and moved one step closer to wrapping up a playoff spot today with a 6-3 win against Delta at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

“It just wasn’t happening today,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “The positive was we were able to respond from their goals and reply with another goal and kept going. It wasn’t great, but we got through it.”

Delta employed an offside trap for most of the game that seemed to catch Steamboat off guard.

The Sailors took a 1-0 lead on a turnover that Emi Birch created and then scored on. But a scrappy Delta team battled right back when Skylyn Webb got behind the defense to knot it up at 1.

That’s when it looked as though the Sailors had figured out the offside trap.

Junior Hope Scott made two good runs from the back third and found Joanie Bier on consecutive crosses for a 3-1 lead.

“I thought we had solved the problem and then would be off and going,” Bohlmann said. “After those first two goals that we got, then I just felt we were in disarray the remainder of the game. It wasn’t pretty soccer. We were disorganized as a group.”

The Panthers cut it to 3-2 in the 24th minute on another goal by Webb. Finally Steamboat got some breathing room at the beginning of the second half. Skylar Weir found Haley Brookshire in the 46th to make it 4-2. Weir then found Bier in the 56th to make it 5-2. Webb added a goal for Delta in the 77th, before Steamboat’s Carly Fox got one in the 79th for the final outcome.

Steamboat, now 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the Western Slope League, prepares for its biggest game of the year.

The team plays at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Glenwood Springs (12-1). Steamboat dealt Glenwood its only loss of the year.

Because of playoff scenarios, the Sailors also need to score a tie or a win in the final two games — Steamboat also plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Centaurus — to lock up a playoff berth.

“We need to figure out a way to stay on the same page,” Steamboat senior Courtney Garth said. “Then when things get frustrating like they did today, we have to find a way to work through it. I would say we’re more excited than nervous (for Wednesday). It’s always good for us to have a few nerves. We’re ready to roll into the postseason with a couple more wins. Hopefully we finish 4-0 this week.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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