Steamboat senior Lance Ostrom advances on the goal after getting past the Colorado Academy goalie Oct. 15. He scored his second goal of the game on the play, helping Steamboat to a 3-1 victory. Ostrom was named the Western Slope League’s player of the year and earned first-team all-league and second-team all-state honors.

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Steamboat senior Lance Ostrom advances on the goal after getting past the Colorado Academy goalie Oct. 15. He scored his second goal of the game on the play, helping Steamboat to a 3-1 victory. Ostrom was named the Western Slope League’s player of the year and earned first-team all-league and second-team all-state honors.

Steamboat soccer's Lance Ostrom named Player of the Year

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Steamboat junior Mac Noel scored the Sailors’ first goal in the Sept. 6 game against Summit County. Noel, the team’s top scorer, was named to the Western Slope League’s first-team all-league team.

— There certainly were players in the Western Slope League with more goals, assists, points and gaudy stats than Steamboat Springs High School’s Lance Ostrom.

But there wasn’t a more valuable player.

Ostrom earned the league’s Player of the Year recognition as well as first-team all-league and second-team all-state honors.

Fellow senior Enrique Lopez and junior Mac Noel also were named to the first-team all-league team, while Hanson Buchner and Vincent Kretzchmar were named honorable mention.

Lopez also was named honorable mention all-state.

The five players helped Steamboat advance past the first round of the state playoffs for the first time since 2003.

“It was one of the best seasons I’ve had in soccer,” Ostrom said. “The team meshed together unbelievably, and we couldn’t have asked for a better win than the one in the playoffs.”

Ostrom, often overshadowed by players on his own team, played all across the field for Steamboat.

His versatility — he played goalie as well as forward, for example — helped Steamboat in just about any type of scenario.

“Consistency is a word that’s definitely attached to his play,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “He’s the ultimate competitor. There were a lot of other big players in the league. But the consistent impact that Lance had throughout league play was really why he was voted Player of the Year.”

Noel led the Sailors in goals, while Lopez consistently was one of the top offensive threats. Despite missing a third of the year because of injury, Lopez’s creativeness with the ball always drew the attention of opposing teams.

Buchner and Kretzchmar were players who Bohlmann said helped make the team complete. He called Buchner the best possessional player on the team and said Kretzchmar, from Germany, fit the mold of the German midfielder — methodical and powerful.

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

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