Steamboat soccer to face D’Evelyn in playoffs

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— The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team is hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.

For the second time in three years, Steamboat, the No. 19 seed in the state’s 4A bracket, will play 14th-seeded D’Evelyn with snow in the forecast.

The game is scheduled tentatively at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lakewood Memorial Stadium with a makeup date already set for 7 p.m. Thursday. According to reports, there is a 90 percent chance of snow Wednesday in Lakewood.

Steamboat and D’Evelyn played in the 2009 opening round in Steamboat, a memorable game because of the several inches of snow that accumulated during the game.

D’Evelyn won that game, 1-0, on a Steamboat own-goal in the 41st minute.

“Definitely the complexion and dynamics of our team are different as I’m sure it is with their group,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “But there are enough players involved in that game or in the program to remember. We’ll go in with some confidence. It’s going to be a very, very competitive and tight game. It’s a game that can be very favorable for us.”

The low seed for Steamboat, however, should raise some eyebrows.

Although Bohlmann had predicted the team would be seeded from 14th to 20th, the No. 19 seed was head scratching.

Durango, this year’s 15th seed and host of a first-round game, dropped into the Western Slope League from the Southwestern League. Despite having fewer points than Steamboat, Durango garnered a higher seed.

“At this point, we feel pretty good about where we are,” Bohlmann said. “It’s just going into the game and having consistency for 80 minutes. We have to find that continuity and flow to the game and make the most of our opportunities.”

The Sailors and Jaguars share three common opponents in Colorado Academy, Centaurus and Summit.

D’Evelyn went 3-0, outscoring those opponents 8-1, while Steamboat went 2-1, outscoring opponents 7-6.

Although some of the Steamboat roster has turned over from the last time the two teams played, the Sailors again will look to dominate possession and capitalize on their opportunities.

Finding the back of the net proved the biggest problem two years ago against the Jaguars. This season, however, Steamboat has proved much more lethal. The Sailors have scored 62 goals, compared with 46 two years ago, and have three players with at least nine goals on the year, including Mac Noel’s team-leading 22.

“We feel good about the ability to score goals,” Bohlmann said. “We feel good about creating opportunities. It’s about us getting enough of our opportunities into the back of the net.”

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

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