Sailors soccer cruises to 6-1 win vs. Devils

Steamboat girls down league foe Eagle Valley

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— Find a combination like the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team has in forwards Joanie Bier and Sydney Bauknecht and just enjoy the show.

The two, who joined forces up front prior to a win against Battle Mountain on Thursday, remained a dominant duo Saturday against Eagle Valley and propelled Steamboat to a 6-1 win.

Bauknecht and Bier each recorded a goal and two assists in helping the Sailors build a 5-0 halftime lead.

“The two of them this year have found a really good situation together,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “The thing was thrown together going into Battle Mountain, and we saw a lot of promise there. That’s the way we started (Saturday’s) game, and it was really, really sharp.”

Bauknecht got the scoring started on a penalty kick after getting taken down in the box. From there, Steamboat’s midfield started to find its forwards.

Sarah White got the second goal on a feed from Bier, before Bier got her goal on a feed from Bauknecht to make it 3-0.

From there, Steamboat had its best goal of the young year. Jenna Peters found Bier, who found Bauknecht.

Bauknecht dropped the ball back to White, who hit a one-timer for a 4-0 lead.

“It was one of the best goals of the game as far as buildup, creativity and one touch play,” Bohlmann said.

Peters added a fifth goal and freshman Tatum Sear capped off the rout.

“All in all, it was a good game,” Bohlmann said. “The first half really saw some bright spots from our midfield combining with our forwards. There were nice combinations plays in the attacking third and some quality finishes.”

Steamboat (4-0-1, 2-0 in Western Slope League) next plays at 11 a.m. Saturday against Delta.

Bohlmann said having a full week of practices will be good for the Sailors. Considering how April is stacking up because of early postponements, Bohlmann said Steamboat would welcome a light week to build up the team’s fitness.

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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