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Steamboat soccer bounces back

Sailors knock off Colorado Academy, 3-1

Steamboat senior Lance Ostrom advances on the goal after getting past the Colorado Academy goalie Oct. 15. He scored his second goal of the game on the play, helping Steamboat to a 3-1 victory. Ostrom was named the Western Slope League's player of the year and earned first-team all-league and second-team all-state honors.
Joel Reichenberger

— The questions were answered in one stretch that lasted less than 30 seconds.

Playing in its biggest game so far this season Thursday, the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team lost to Battle Mountain, ceding its one-game lead in the Western Slope League Conference.

In one stretch Saturday night in Steamboat Springs, the Sailors playing against Colorado Academy proved that the team wasn't going to allow that letdown ruin their season.

Steamboat slammed back-to-back goals in one short period of the first half, those plays paving the way for a 3-1 victory against Colorado Academy.

"That was good," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "We are so proud of the guys because after the big game Thursday, we expended so much emotion and physically put in so much work into that game, that today could have been a game where we came in and played flat.

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"They were phenomenal tonight."

The first goal came from the foot of senior Lance Ostrom, a shot he said he missed, but one he hammered into the back left corner of the net anyway.

"That one, Enrique Lopez gave me a great ball and it was kind of lucky," Ostrom said. "I was going bottom left, and it went top and the goalie dove. I messed up and it went it."

Steamboat celebrated, the ball was reset, and before the players even had a chance to catch their breath, senior Enrique Lopez found himself in almost exactly the same position.

He buried almost exactly the same shot, giving Steamboat a comfy 2-0 lead.

Colorado Academy made several runs at the Sailors' goal in the first half, but none proved major threats as Steamboat took control of the pace with an iron grip.

"It was good soccer, from minute 1 to minute 80," Bohlmann said. "It wasn't perfect, but it was good soccer. Two people, Lance and Peter (White) had out-of-body experiences tonight. Those guys couldn't do anything wrong."

The Sailors added one more in the second, Ostrom beating the Mustang's goalie, then, all alone, blasting a shot into the undefended net. He back-pedaled, admiring his own work as his teammates serenaded his fancy footwork and excellent day with chants of "Superstar! Superstar!"

The squad wasn't ready to bask in its Saturday night glory, however. Thursday's loss at Battle Mountain spoiled the team's control-your-own-destiny path to the league championship, but the team still can do plenty to help itself, and, in two remaining league games, there's plenty than can be lost.

Steamboat closes with a pair of 6 p.m. home games Tuesday against Eagle Valley and Thursday against Moffat County. The team likely will have to win both to have any chance at landing atop the league.

"Thursday's was a really emotional game, and we needed a bounce-back," Ostrom said. "We never really lost our groove after that, but we wanted to come back strong, and we came out pretty good."

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email

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