Steamboat boys soccer team opens with win
September 1, 2012
Steamboat Springs — On Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team gave a glimpse of what type of team they are, downing Centaurus, 2-0, in the 2012 opener.
It was the first time since 2008 that Steamboat had beat Centaurus, a series that usually opens the season for the two schools.
"Psychologically," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said, "that's a great win."
Steamboat really controlled the tempo of play for most of the 80 minutes. The Sailors controlled the midfield play with senior Hanson Buchner and got consistent runs from John Vande Velde. But if there was a shining strength Saturday, it started in the back.
Steamboat never really gave Centaurus any room to work in its offensive third. The Warriors were frustrated by a back Sailors four that really never let Centaurus get a quality look on net.
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"We're going to scrap through a lot of our games," said senior Peyton Trask, who organized the defense and was named man of the match. "We hadn't beat them in a long time. It feels good to beat them."
Trask's ability to organize the back four made Steamboat's job much easier moving forward. When it did get to the midfield, Buchner was magnificent in space. He helped feed Peter White in the first minute on a good touch. White then led Vande Velde perfectly for a 1-0 lead. In the 38th, Buchner again found Vande Velde on a similar goal for a 2-0 lead.
"It was consistent," Bohlmann said. "It was very consistent, but it was not real sharp. Technically, we need to get better."
It does, however, seem like the pieces are in play. Steamboat consistently was in control of possession and frustrated Centaurus throughout. It seemed to work at all levels.
In addition to Vande Velde's two goals, the senior made consistent runs throughout, applying pressure. Buchner dominated the midfield, and Trask was brilliant in the back. Bohlmann said the team focused on keeping its shape and limiting Centaurus' space.
Essentially, he said, the team wanted to make Centaurus earn it.
"Just on ball winners and organization," Bohlmann said when asked about Trask's abilities. "Peyton was solid from minute one to minute 80."
The team next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Valley.
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