Steamboat Springs High School junior Vincent Kretzschmar takes a shot that would score during the first half of Friday’s game against Jefferson Academy. The Sailors won, 5-0.

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Steamboat Springs High School junior Vincent Kretzschmar takes a shot that would score during the first half of Friday’s game against Jefferson Academy. The Sailors won, 5-0.

Steamboat soccer rolls to win against Jefferson Academy

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— With little knowledge of Jefferson Academy and a unit that again looked like a infirmary, the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team took little more than 13 minutes to prove just how deep the program is in a easy 5-0 win Friday at Gardner Field.

The Sailors scored just 32 seconds into the game when Mac Noel took a perfect cross from Vincent Kretzschmar for a 1-0 lead and extended it in the 13th when Kretzschmar’s shot deflected off the Jaguars keeper, and Lance Ostrom pounced on the rebound for a 2-0 lead.

“We definitely wanted to take advantage in the first 20 minutes,” Noel said. “It definitely was game changing just because it was the first and second goals. That made the mentality higher, and we attacked more.”

Kretzschmar picked up a goal of his own on a feed to the top of the box from Hanson Buchner to make it 3-0 in the 34th minute. 

Jefferson Academy certainly had its chances, but sophomore Steamboat goal keeper Carter Kounovsky made several big saves including a point-blank shot in 39th minute to preserve the shutout. 

Steamboat made it 4-0 in the 43rd when Peter White took a cross from Peyton Trask, and Noel added the final tally just a minute later for the end result. 

“The sharp start is good,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “It’s just neat and tidy. We’re doing the right things. There are good times to attack and good times to slow it down.”

Steamboat certainly has done the right things for most of the year. Even without the services of Noah Glaisher, Enrique Lopez, Wilber Ranieri, Kai Rogers and Buck Williams, Steamboat was able to make Friday’s game look pretty easy.

That efficiency should help the Sailors, who are looking for another league title. 

Steamboat plays at 1 p.m. today at Eagle Valley. The Sailors (7-1-1) are a game up in the Western Slope League. 

With the injured players likely to make it back today, Steamboat’s just going to get deeper and deeper. 

“Eagle Valley is either a hit or a miss, and we expect a hit from them,” Bohlmann said. “They play with a lot of energy, and we’re going to have to adjust.”

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

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