Steamboat boys soccer shuts out Rifle

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— No time like the present. 

And after a rough two-day patch earlier this season, the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team seems to be playing its best soccer of the season. 

Steamboat beat Rifle, 6-0, on Thursday, the result that probably was expected. 

But it wasn’t just the win; it was the way Steamboat played. 

The Sailors, now 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the Western Slope League, played one of their most complete and efficient games of the year. 

“We just kept it neat and tidy,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said.

After struggling in the offensive zone in Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Eagle Valley, Steamboat got quality runs from its forwards with support from the midfield. 

John Vande Velde and Peter White each scored a pair of goals while Hanson Buchner and Pelle Seiler each added a goal. 

“We were able to create space,” Bohlmann said. “Were played into them, and the midfield would join and would link it to them. We mixed it up which way we attacked. It was definitely a lot better.”

Now, Steamboat enters the most critical portion of its schedule. 

The team plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at No. 2 Battle Mountain. It then has league games with Glenwood Springs and Summit on the schedule, those likely determining its playoff fate. 

But Thursday was a good start and a darn good time to start playing its best soccer. 

“We’ve really responded very positively from those two (rough) days,” Bohlmann said. 

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

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