Steamboat girls soccer knocks off Delta, 2-0

Sailors wrap up 2nd place in Western Slope League, playoff spot with win

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— Considering that this time of year is filled with Advanced Placement tests, prom and college decisions, this week hasn’t been all that tough on the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team. 

Of course, when you take the spring or extended winter Steamboat has gone through, you end up with hellacious weeks like this: four games in four days, including three on the road.

But Steamboat soccer doesn’t produce weakness, and on Thursday the team wrapped up second place in the Western Slope League and a guaranteed playoff berth with a 2-0 win at Delta.

“It’s really the whole thing,” coach Rob Bohlmann said.

“They have to recondition themselves and find the right mindset because emotionally, mentally and physically they’re drained. (Wednesday against Moffat County) was the hump night. It was tough to get over the hurdle and get to the other side. I felt like we got over the hump. We played quicker and sharper.”

The Sailors’ week has gone according to plan. Steamboat is three for three on its trip with a 4 p.m. game at Palisade left today.

“We are definitely feeling fatigued,” senior Corinne Landy said. “But we’re not showing it. We gave it everything we had. The fatigue we feel, but we get our legs going. We’re just trying to keep mentally sharp.”

On Thursday, Steamboat initially struggled with Delta’s offside trap and a narrow field. But in the 25th minute, Tatum Sear fed Sydney Bauknecht behind the trap to give Steamboat a 1-0 lead.

Then, just five minutes later, Bauknecht took on a pair of defenders and pounded a shot home for a 2-0 lead. 

The Sailors had several chances in the second half, and goalkeeper Hannah Barkey made several saves to preserve the lead.

Steamboat (11-2-1 overall, 9-2 in the Western Slope League) now preps for a Palisade team playing for its playoff life. The Bulldogs feature one of the top players in the league in Flannery Davis. 

In the first meeting, Steamboat marked Davis with Meghan Rabbitt. 

Davis is “a pretty dynamic player,” Bohlmann said. “But (Rabbitt) didn’t let her get involved a whole lot. She did a really good job frustrating her.”

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

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