Steamboat soccer falls in 1st round of playoffs

26th-seeded Sailors girls lose, 8-0, to Golden on the road

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— The 26th-seeded Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team started strong Tuesday at No. 7 Golden in the first round of the state high school playoffs before falling, 8-0.

“The first 22 minutes, the girls were absolutely brilliant,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohl­mann said. “We had the run of play for the first 22. We were very, very competitive.”

Steamboat produced three quality shots on goal, the best a Joanie Bier strike that hit the crossbar.

Then in the 23rd minute, Golden got its first goal to go up, 1-0. From there, it was all downhill for the Sailors.

Golden scored three more times in the next 10 minutes and added a goal near the end of the first half to go into the break up, 5-0.

“The mistake we made was we stopped playing with that edge,” Bohlmann said. “The girls didn’t respond the way they needed to.”

Steamboat played resiliently in the second half, but it was too little, too late.

The weather didn’t help either team. The rain held off during warm-ups, but it started drizzling around kickoff.

By the time the game got going, both teams had to trudge through a downpour.

The loss ended the high school careers of Mia Quick, Courtney Garth, McKenzie Worden, Kiersten Henry and Emi Birch.

Bohlmann said the highlight for the group came Friday when the team beat Centaurus, 3-0, to secure a bid in the playoffs.

“Qualifying for the postseason is part of the history of Steamboat soccer,” Bohlmann said. “Even at halftime of that game, we were tied nil-nil. To go in and get that result was a peak in their high school careers. They did very well and provided inspiration and leadership. To go in under pressure and get the result in that game and qualify for postseason really says something.”

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