Steamboat Springs girls soccer team wins at Delta

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— It shouldn’t be any other way.

Steamboat Springs vs. Battle Mountain Round Two on Tuesday will give one of the schools the upper hand in the Eastern Division of the Western Slope League.

After waging a 100-minute, 1-1 tie overtime classic a couple of weeks ago, the two preeminent girls soccer programs on the Western Slope are set for action again Tuesday.

But before it could get to this point, Steamboat had work to do this weekend. Steamboat, coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Fruita in the last minute Friday, needed a win Saturday at Delta.

The Sailors rallied from a halftime deficit to come away with a 4-3 win.

“The game was what we expected,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “They were very scrappy. The field was short, the field was uneven, and it was scrappy.”

Natalie Bohlmann put Steamboat up 1-0 with a shot from just outside the 18. But minutes later, Delta tied it on a free kick just outside of the box. Then toward the end of the first half, Delta scored on a penalty kick to take a 2-1 lead.

Early in the second, Tatum Sear knotted it at 2. Megan Stabile then pounced on a rebound for a 3-2 lead, and Katie Arnis made it 4-2 in the last five minutes. Delta scored in extra time but couldn’t garner anymore chances.

“In the end, we were able to grit it out,” Bohlmann said. “As much as you try to focus on soccer intelligence, it’s a different game and group to play against.”

Now Steamboat turns its attention to the biggest week of the season. It starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Battle Mountain. The team then plays at Glenwood Springs on Thursday.

Glenwood, winner of the past two league championships, knocked off Battle Mountain, 2-0, on Saturday.

It means the Huskies, at 6-1-1 in league, and Steamboat, at 4-1-1, will dual for advantage in the Eastern Division.

At the end of the season, the top two seeds from each division play the top two from the other.

“We feel really good about our consistency,” Bohlmann said. “Results aside, it’s not a question of if we have what it takes going into Tuesday. We know we can.”

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

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