Skyline's Jordan Barnes, left, and Steamboat's Meghan Rabbitt battle for the ball Wednesday during a playoff match in Longmont. Steamboat lost the game, 3-0.

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Skyline's Jordan Barnes, left, and Steamboat's Meghan Rabbitt battle for the ball Wednesday during a playoff match in Longmont. Steamboat lost the game, 3-0.

Steamboat girls soccer loses to Skyline, 3-0

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Steamboat's Megan Stabile, left, is well covered by Skyline's Hannah Truesdale on Wednesday's match in Longmont.

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Skyline's Madi Welsh blocks out Steamboat's Carly Fox while reigning in the ball Wednesday.

— It was a long bus ride back to Steamboat Springs for the nine seniors on the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team.

“We had a tremendous season,” Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said. “But it came to a quick close for our seniors. They are keeping their heads up, but it’s always a little sad when you realize that this is the end.”

The Sailors’ season came to an end Wednesday evening in Longmont, after the No. 13-seeded Skyline Falcons shut out No. 20 Steamboat, 3-0, on a rain-soaked field. Bohlmann said that there was light rain throughout the game but that the weather really wasn’t a factor in the outcome.

“We played pretty well,” Bohlmann said. “It was a back-and-forth game between two pretty evenly matched teams. Sometimes in competitive sports it just isn’t your day.”

Skyline jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the first of two goals by senior Emily Temple. The goal came about 20 minutes into the first half and was assisted by sophomore Hannah Truesdale.

Skyline extended the lead to 2-0 midway through the second half with a goal from Tara Schulz assisted by Karina Valdez. Bohlmann said the second goal was big for the Falcons and forced the Sailors to step up their attack by moving a player from the backfield forward.

“We started to play with a little more desperation,” Bohlmann said. “We had to push more numbers forward hoping for a goal to get us back in the game.”

But the move also resulted in Steamboat’s sacrificing defensively, and Skyline’s Temple took advantage of the bold move to collect her second goal of the game.

“She got behind the defense and scored a nice goal,” Bohlmann said. “It’s a chance you have to take, and it didn’t work out for us this time.”

Steamboat finished the season with an 11-4-1 record and second place in the Western Slope League. Skyline improved its record to 12-4 and will move on to the second round of the state playoffs to face the winner of the Wheat Ridge-Sand Creek game, which also was played Wednesday night.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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