Steamboat Springs High School soccer player Katie Arnis battles for the ball during Tuesday evening’s game against Eagle Valley at Gardner Field. Steamboat won, 6-0.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs High School soccer player Katie Arnis battles for the ball during Tuesday evening’s game against Eagle Valley at Gardner Field. Steamboat won, 6-0.

Steamboat Springs girls soccer easily beats Eagle Valley

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Steamboat Springs High School soccer player Mackenzie Gansmann fires a shot during the first half of Tuesday evening’s game against Eagle Valley at Gardner Field.

— Just five days after tangling in Gypsum, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team did just about whatever it wanted on a drizzly Tuesday at Gardner Field, beating Eagle Valley, 6-0.

The result comes after the two teams met last week, the Sailors giving up two-goal leads on three occasions before finally outlasting the Devils, 5-4.

After that game, Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said, “We got through it.”

There was no such drama Tuesday as Steamboat (4-1-1) was decidedly more organized and at times made it look easy.

“It was nothing flashy from us tonight,” Bohlmann said Tuesday.

It started in the 11th minute when Steamboat’s Megan Stabile broke a scoreless game when she worked through the middle of Eagle Valley’s defense untouched. She got inside the box, and it looked like her initial touch would be stopped. But the slow-moving ball crossed up Devils goalkeeper Alondra Mendoza for a 1-0 lead.

In the 21st, Jordi Floyd’s corner perfectly found Katie Arnis’ foot for a 2-0 lead, and in the 34th, Lara Henry started a counterattack, lobbing a shot into the far right post for a 3-0 halftime lead.

“I can’t think of big things. We saw them last Thursday,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “We haven’t had a chance to tool a whole lot. We’re a younger team, but we’re catching on quick. There is still a ways to go.”

Stabile got her second goal on a tremendous through ball from Arnis. The latter found Stabile streaking down the middle of the field for an easy goal and a 4-0 lead.

Henry added another in the 61st, and Floyd got one in the 76th minute for the final 6-0 result.

A big difference in the game was the play of Steamboat’s back line. In the first game against Eagle Valley, Megan Asmussen and Mariel Gutierrez were able to make runs all game.

That wasn’t the case Tuesday.

“Our center backs played much better,” Bohlmann said. “We did a better job of containing those players.”

A crucial stretch is ahead for the Sailors, who have improved to 3-0-1 in their past four games. Steamboat has a pair of away games at 4 p.m. Friday at Fruita and at 11 a.m. Saturday at Delta. If the Sailors can get through those two, the following week brings road games at Battle Mountain and Glenwood Springs in what likely will determine placing in the two-division Western Slope League.

Steamboat’s in a position to control its own destiny but will have to do so on the road.

“That’s a big challenge,” Bohlmann said. “We have Friday and Saturday, and then next week is unbelievable. It’ll be a good challenge.”

Eagle Valley (2-6) next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Battle Mountain.

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

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