Steamboat Springs High School junior Hanson Buchner attempts to move the ball past Glenwood Springs High School defender Brandon Martinez during the first half of Tuesday evening’s game at Gardner Field. The Sailors won, 3-0, to take the lead in the Western Slope League.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs High School junior Hanson Buchner attempts to move the ball past Glenwood Springs High School defender Brandon Martinez during the first half of Tuesday evening’s game at Gardner Field. The Sailors won, 3-0, to take the lead in the Western Slope League.

Steamboat soccer takes league lead with win against Glenwood

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— The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team wasn’t as sharp as it had been, and Glenwood Springs had its chances, but in the end the Sailors took control of the Western Slope League on Tuesday with a 3-0 win at Gardner Field.

With Battle Mountain’s 5-0 win against Moffat County on Tuesday, Steamboat assumed sole possession of first place in the Western Slope League a third of the way through the season.

“We feel great about the results we’re having,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “At the same time, you have to grow as a team. It’s a compact season with a lot of games. It’s not always going to be beautiful soccer, scoring goals and winning games.”

At least on Tuesday, Steamboat got enough to overcome a disjointed effort.

The Sailors again shook off their traditional slow start. Steamboat scored in the fourth minute when senior Lance Ostrom got an unassisted goal off a Demons turnover.

The Sailors doubled their lead in the 18th minute. This time, right back Michael Wong made a run up the field and fired a shot that deflected off Glenwood keeper Cane Albrecht. The deflection fell to the feet of Enrique Lopez, who pounced on it, giving Steamboat a 2-0 lead.

From there, the Demons started to get the run of play. With Steamboat playing back, Glenwood changed from a 4-4-2 in the first half to a 4-5-1 in the second half to try and control the midfield.

It worked, and the Demons had a plethora of chances in the second 40 minutes.

In the 50th minute, Kevin Hartmann’s through ball into the box went just beyond the outstretched foot of Nate Kaup, keeping it at a two-goal lead for Steamboat.

Steamboat’s Tommy Lyon made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute, when he pressed up from his defensive position and lofted a perfect shot from 35 yards out just over Albrecht.

The Demons had another opportunity in the 58th minute when Hunter Brown beat three Sailors defenders up the right side, but Kaup whiffed on the cross into the box.

Sailors keeper Carter Kounovsky kept it a shutout in extra time with a breakaway save on Kaup.

“Steamboat defends really well,” Glenwood coach John Mount said. “They do a good job of getting the numbers back. They were like a white wall for us to penetrate. But our possession game lacked today.”

Steamboat returns to action at 9 a.m. Saturday at Centaurus.

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

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