Steamboat soccer falls out of playoffs

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— The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team’s season came to an end Wednesday night as the Sailors fell in the first round of the playoffs. Steamboat lost on the road against Denver North, 3-0, wrapping up a roller-coaster season for the Sailors.

“We put in a fantastic effort all season long,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “Even though we lost, 3-0, we made it an interesting competitive game.”

Denver North got the only goal it would need midway through the first half, and while the Sailors managed better control during the second half of that period, the team's best chance to equalize ricocheted off the crossbar.

Denver put in a second goal midway through the second half, cleaning up a mess after a corner kick, then found its third late as Steamboat sold out in a desperate attempt to catch up.

“In the playoffs, if that shot is just a little lower and misses the bar, that makes a big difference,” Bohlmann said. “That could have decided the game.”

That was the story of Steamboat’s season. Finishing with a 9-6-1 record, the team lost decisively three times, including Wednesday’s game. The other three were grueling affairs, two of which slipped away in double overtime. Another game ended in a tie after double overtime.

Still, the Sailors won their last three games of the regular season to give them a leg up in the race for playoff wildcard positions. They made the cut and were seeded 29th, but that meant a trip to one-loss Denver North.

“We feel really good that when the pressure was on late in the season, we went 3-0,” Bohlmann said. “This is a game of seconds, of inches, and unfortunately, we were just a little shy in some situations, but we put in a fantastic effort.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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