What happened: Steamboat played much better in a second go-around with Eagle Valley, cruising to an easy 6-0 win as Jordi Floyd, Megan Stabile and Lara Henry each scored two goals. The Sailors lost a heartbreaker on a last-minute score against Fruita Monument, but bounced back in a big way, scoring three goals in the second half to rally past Delta. Stabile, Natalie Bohlmann, Tatum Sear, Katie Arnis all scored against Delta.
What does it mean: The wins against Eagle Valley and Delta set up a big Tuesday night tilt on the road against Battle Mountain. The teams played to a draw in Steamboat last month.
What’s next: Steamboat plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Battle Mountain.
What happened: Steamboat took care of business against Battle Mountain and Golden, then won a crucial game against Cheyenne Mountain on Saturday. Thomas Tarcha led the way with three scores, but it was very much a team effort as five players scored and six had assists.
What does it mean: It means playing at its best, Steamboat is one of the best Class 4A teams in the state. That confidence may have lagged a bit after a early season loss to Aspen, but such a good game against an undefeated team left coach Bob Hiester convinced of his squad, no matter the opponent. “We’d give anything to have a couple of those games back,” he said Saturday, referencing the team’s only tow loss of the season.
What’s next: The team plays at 5 p.m. Monday at home against Fruita Monument.
What happened: Steamboat got scores from six players in one of its most balanced games to beat Fruita Monument on Thursday. The team wasn’t as sharp Friday playing against some of the region’s top competition in Battle Mountain.
What does it mean: Sure, a stronger performance against Battle Mountain would have been great, but the Fruita game was the big one of the week for the Sailors, and there they shined. Steamboat firmly has established itself in the middle of the league, and beating another team in the same situation had to have been sweet.
What’s next: Steamboat plays Tuesday on the road at Summit.
What happened: Steamboat swept Aspen on Friday, which is always a sweet accomplishment given the the rivalry between the schools. Pulling out a pair of victories Saturday against Fruita Monument and Air Academy may have said more about the team, however.
What does it mean: Beating Aspen spoke to Steamboat’s strength in the region. Showing well against Fruita Monument and Air Academy could point to bigger things for the team. The individual match wins could come in very handy later this season when the state tournament is being seeded. Of course, there’s a lot of tennis between here and there.
What’s next: The team next plays at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Evergreen.
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