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Tough task awaits for Sailors soccer: Weekend preps sports preview

Steamboat’s Daniel Lopez pushes the ball up the field Aug. 31 against Glenwood Springs.

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6 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat (3-1-1) vs. Summit (3-2)

Things don't get easier soon for the Steamboat boys soccer team, which lost its first game of the season Tuesday, 2-0 on the road at Battle Mountain.

The Sailors will play another of the Western Slope's top contenders at 6 p.m. at home Thursday when it faces Summit, 3-1.

It could be another emotional test for Steamboat. The Sailors held on last week against Eagle Valley but lost a player to a red card Tuesday in what was another big test. Keeping that in check and restarting what's otherwise been a dynamic offense will be among the keys to victory.

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7 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (0-3) vs. Conifer (0-3)

Someone's going to win their first game of the season as the winless Sailors face off against winless Conifer at home Friday.

If it's going to be Steamboat, the team needs to find a way to control the line of scrimmage. That's one step below "score more points" when it comes to obvious football advice, but it's a segment of the game that's dogged the Sailors so far this season.

Teams have been able to run the ball against Steamboat's defense. Glenwood racked up more than 450 yards last week on the ground. On the other side of the ball, the Sailors have struggled to get anything going.

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1 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (4-8) at Eagle Valley (5-4)

The Sailors slipped on the road last weekend playing at Glenwood Springs, falling in three sets. They have a chance to turn their fortunes around with another road trip against a league opponent. This time it's Eagle Valley.

It won't be easy. The Devils may be hovering around .500, but those losses came early in the season against top competition. The squad is perfect so far in Western Slope play, perfect perfect, meaning it hasn't lost a set in three matches. One of those wins came against Battle Mountain, which defeated Steamboat 3-1 last week.

This was a season that started with high hopes for the Sailors, and it's still mid-September. There's plenty of time for those goals to be realized. It'll take a good day for that process to start at Eagle Valley.

Soroco volleyball

Saturday: Soroco (4-6) at Simla tournament

Tuesday proved a very nice night for the Soroco High School girls volleyball team. The Rams went on to the road and picked up a big win against North Park, pulling it out in five sets.

It was big, and it was dramatic. The Rams lost the first two sets by an identical score of 25-16. They picked themselves up in the third set, however, winning 25-22. They then won again in the fourth, 25-18, and finally took the fifth set, 16-14.

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5 p.m. Friday: Hayden (2-5) vs. Caprock Academy (5-6)

2 p.m. Friday: Hayden at De Beque (5-4)

The Tigers got a nice start to their season with tournament wins against Soroco and Hotchkiss, but they haven't been as sharp since. They've now lost three consecutive matches, all in straight sets.

Caprock Academy and De Beque offer unique challenges this weekend. They're not the top teams in the league, not by a long shot, but they're not at the bottom either, and a win against either would be a solid step for a Tigers' team that's hoping to make some noise this season.

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

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