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Sailors highlight Senior Day with shutout against Eagle Valley

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Hayley Brookshire, left, battles Eagle Valley High School's Tiffany Lopez for control of the ball during Saturday's game in Steamboat.

— As far as Senior Days go, it would be tough to top the one Mandi DeVos, Elise Anderson and Hanna Berglund had Saturday.

Each girl scored a goal – DeVos and Anderson each had a pair – in helping Steamboat cruise past Eagle Valley, 9-0. The win helped Steamboat improve to 9-3 overall and 8-0 in the Western Slope East Division. After a week off for spring break, Steamboat returns to play April 28 against Battle Mountain.

A win there, and Steamboat would all but lock up the league title, something the three Steamboat seniors have been working toward since they stepped on the field.

The previous two years, Battle Mountain reigned supreme in the league. But with a few more wins, the tide and league title will turn back to Steamboat.

“We were just talking about how we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Senior Day,” Anderson said. “We all got opportunities to score and put it away when we did. We knew (Battle Mountain) had taken league title every year, and we know it was our turn to get it done.”

There wasn’t much drama Saturday as the Sailors made quick work of the Devils. DeVos and Anderson scored the first two goals for Steamboat in the first 10 minutes. Emi Birch, Leah Berdine and another DeVos goal made it 5-0 at halftime.

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Even with the lopsided score, Devils coach Francois Nanin was proud of his team’s effort, especially considering his team’s 8-0 loss to Steamboat in Eagle Valley earlier this year.

“I’m proud of the girls to do the long ride knowing Steamboat is the best team in the league this year,” he said. “This time it was great. They still wanted to play. They knew it would be a tough game and they played hard. Steamboat had to work hard to score. They still have the fire to play hard and have fun.”

In the second half, Steamboat got a nice header from Kiersten Henry to go up 6-0. Courtney Garth added a goal, before Berglund – normally the goalkeeper – scored her first career high school goal.

Coach “Rob (Bohlmann) put me up front (Saturday) and was like, ‘it’s your turn,'” Berglund said. “There was the ball, and I knew I should get something on it. That was scary. I got more scared playing up there than ever, playing with my back to the goal.”

Anderson capped off the scoring late to give Steamboat the win.

With spring break this week, Steamboat will return to action April 28 against Battle Mountain.

The team then plays April 30 at Moffat County before concluding the regular season with a non-league game May 1 at Glenwood Springs.

Although the Sailors are happy to be where they’re at, winning those final three games could mean a home playoff game.

Winning all three will “just make our chances better,” Anderson said. “It’s like our top priority. Overall that’s our first goal as a team.”