Steamboat Springs' Tatum Sear dribbles the ball through several Delta players. The sophomore scored a pair of goals Saturday, helping the Sailors to a 4-1 win.

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Steamboat Springs' Tatum Sear dribbles the ball through several Delta players. The sophomore scored a pair of goals Saturday, helping the Sailors to a 4-1 win.

Steamboat girls soccer pulls away for win

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Steamboat Springs High School senior Sydney Bauknecht shoots Saturday against Delta. Bauknecht had an assist in Steamboat's 4-1 win.

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Steamboat Springs sophomore Emma Wilson clears the ball Saturday against Delta. Steamboat went on to win, 4-1.

— The game had that eerie feeling.

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team saw chance after chance just miss against Delta early Saturday.

But whereas the team might have tightened in the past, the Sailors simply continued at it, winding up with a tidy 4-1 win.

“That’s the thing, the difference with the Battle Mountain game (a 2-1 loss), obviously Battle Mountain is a great team, but it was more hectic,” Steamboat senior Sarah White said. “This, we kept it calm. The score was 2-1, and then all of a sudden, we got it to 4-1.”

Steamboat sophomore Tatum Sear capitalized on a penalty kick — after a Delta defender was called for a handball — in the 10th minute to give the Sailors a 1-0 lead.

But the Panthers came back with a semi-fluky goal. Delta’s Lindsay Gardner beat one Steamboat defender and got just enough on the ball to get it past Steamboat keeper Hannah Barkey to tie the game.

That’s when things could have gotten tight. But the Sailors (7-1 overall, 4-1 in the Western Slope League) wouldn’t let it happen.

Sear made a tremendously strong move just inside the box, got the ball to her left foot and lasered one into the opposite post right before halftime to give Steamboat a 2-1 lead.

“This game required a little different tempo than we normally play,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said.

Steamboat extended its lead even further midway through the second half, when Sydney Bauknecht found Megan Rosa to make it 3-1.

Finally, Hannah Bashan’s goal in the last 10 minutes wrapped it up for Steamboat.

“I thought we did a good job of controlling the game for the most part,” said Barkey, who made several big stops in the first half and kept momentum on Steamboat’s side. “I mean, we created quite a few opportunities.”

It was a good win for the Sailors, especially considering the team was without several starters.

This led to several girls playing all across the field. Steamboat likely will be without players again this week, the first real defining one of the season.

Steamboat plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Valley, a team the Sailors beat, 6-0, earlier this year.

The team then plays at 10 a.m. Saturday at home against league-leading Glenwood Springs.

With the top of the league jumbled up — Steamboat, Glenwood and Battle Mountain all are locked in a heated race — this week could go a long way in deciding the playoffs a month from now.

“Saturday at home against Glenwood, it would be awesome to come out strong,” White said. “It’s going to be a defining moment for our team.”

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

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