Steamboat girls soccer to meet Broomfield

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— Both the Steamboat Springs and Broomfield girls soccer programs will look to make up for missed opportunities when they take the field at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the opening round of the state playoffs.

Last year, the Eagles entered the state tournament as the No. 1 seed and with high hopes for winning the school’s first state title since 2006. But Broomfield was upset in the second round by Lewis Palmer. It’s a memory head coach Jim Davidson said has fueled the team’s drive this season.

Broomfield enters this year’s tournament ranked fourth among Class 4A teams with an 11-3-1 record. The team was nearly perfect in the competitive Northern League with a 5-0-1 mark.

“I think losing in the second round has been our prime incentive this season,” Davidson said Monday afternoon. “Our team was disappointed that they went out so early last year and that has become our motivation this season.”

Steamboat wasn’t the top seed last season, but head coach Rob Bohlmann said his players view last year’s loss to Skyline in the opening round as a missed opportunity.

“We felt like we matched up pretty well against Skyline last season, so it was disappointing that we were not more competitive in that game,” he said. “I think the players on our team feel like they have something to prove.”

It will not be an easy task for the Sailors, who are seeded 29th in the tournament. Steamboat has drawn one of the top programs in the state in the first round, and the players will need to be at their best to cool off a red-hot Broomfield team that is 5-0-1 in its last six games.

“They always have a strong team,” Bohlmann said about Broomfield. “They are very strong technically, they are very well organized and very well coached.”

Bohlmann said key for the Sailors will be coming out strong. He hopes the momentum his team gained from a 3-0 win against Palisade last Friday will carry into Tuesday’s contest in Broomfield.

“I have great respect for Rob (Bohlmann) and the programs in Steamboat,” Davidson said. “I know that Steamboat will be very well prepared and I’m expecting this to be a very difficult first-round game.”

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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