Alice Holmquist winds up for a big kick Thursday in a season-opening game against Summit. The Sailors racked up a 4-0 win.

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Alice Holmquist winds up for a big kick Thursday in a season-opening game against Summit. The Sailors racked up a 4-0 win.

Steamboat Springs girls soccer team wins season opener

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Steamboat's Tatum Sear battles for the ball Thursday against Summit.

— Considering how the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team opened the season Thursday, there's no telling where it could go from here.

On a night that reminded players and spectators that winter hasn’t left, Steamboat easily dispatched Summit, 4-0, at Gardner Field.

Heading into Thursday evening, the game was an intriguing matchup. It was the first game for the Sailors against a new Western Slope League opponent that it hadn’t seen for a while.

“We asked ourselves what can we do on Day 1, and where can we set the bar,” assistant coach Erin Dargis said. “We set the bar high.”

The Sailors certainly did. In the first 40 minutes of play, Steamboat looked exactly what coach Rob Bohlmann always preaches about.

The team dominated possession, transitioned the ball well and, when the opportunity came, Steamboat found that killer instinct — something it sometimes has lacked — to put away goals.

Alice Holmquist, Megan Stabile and Gabriella Bohlmann tacked on goals in the first half to give Steamboat an early 3-0 lead.

Carolyn Walters added a late goal in the second half for the final result.

Despite it being the first game of the season, Dargis said that this group of players and personalities has been in the works for a while and that the individual skill level is as high as it has been at the school in years.

This means players are better, practices are more competitive and the goals are bigger.

“They know every practice is a tryout,” she said. “They have to fight hard and earn their spot.”

Steamboat again should be in the league picture with Glenwood Springs and Battle Mountain. Palisade also should be tough, and Rifle re-enters the picture after a couple of years away.

Things are a bit different this season, though. At the end of the year, there will be a Western Slope League tournament with all the teams. From there, teams will be seeded for the state tournament.

The tournament could be a tough draw for Steamboat because it comes the week after spring break.

But those concerns can wait.

If things progress from here, the Sailors should be just fine.

“We’ve set the bar,” Dargis said. “The quotes I heard from the girls on the bench was, ‘Imagine where we can be at the end of the season if this is Game 1.’”

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

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