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Productive first half lifts Steamboat past Eagle Valley, extends winning streak to 4

Gypsum — The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team came away with three first half goals against Eagle Valley on Saturday to secure a 3-0 victory and extended the team's winning streak to four games.

The first came a little more than 20 minutes into the contest after Izzy Rillos set up Rachelle Koly for the game’s first goal putting Steamboat up, 1-0.

"I was really exited because all week we were working on our first touches, and our first touches to goal,” Koly said. “That first ball, which I think Izzy played to me, was my first touch to goal. It was exciting to apply what we did in practice to the game."

The next two goals came off the foot of sophomore Sophie Leeson. The first was set up after Koly sent a ball deep inside the box where Leeson, who was in front of the goal, got just enough of the bouncing ball to push it into the net. The second goal came when Leeson fired a shot from outside the 18-yard box in the final seconds of the half.

The goals were huge for the Sailors who also had to battled a stiff wind for the entire first half. In the second the wind was at their back, but Eagle Valley came out with an aggressive attack with hopes of getting back in the game.

"I thought the girls played a very complete 80 minutes," coach Rob Bohlmann said. "Certainly there were those moments especially at the start of the second half where Eagle Valley really buckled down to come back and try to create some things. They started to come together and had a nice stretch of 10 minutes. But we were able to reel the game back in after that."

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Bohlmann was happy that the team played defensively.

"We didn't concede anything," Bohlmann said. "Especially in the first half with the wind on our face. There was a lot of emphasis not to allow goals on set plays, and we did a good job with that. There are a lot of things that we take away.”

The Sailors are now 4-1 overall and have not played a game outside the Western Conference. Steamboat is keeping the pressure on the Glenwood Springs Demons who opened with season with three-straight wins, two in overtime, and have not played since March 17. The team will face Battle Mountain Wednesday in Edwards. The last time the two team’s met Glenwood won in overtime, 3-2.

The Sailors’ only loss came to Glenwood Springs in the season opener March 10. Since then the Sailors have topped league opponents Battle Mountain, Summit County, twice, and now Eagle Valley. The Sailors have outscored the other teams 11-3 in that winning streak.

The team's next game is at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Golden at Gardner Field in Steamboat. That game had been scheduled for earlier this season, but was pushed back because of a spring snow storm that made traveling conditions difficult. The Sailors will also travel to Monument next Saturday to face Lewis-Palmer. Both games are non-league contests.

"It's a really great opportunity against two quality opponents. They are front range teams," Bohlmann said. "Results are one thing, but this is an opportunity to continue to improve and develop. Hopefully we can continue to play our possessional style soccer and our attacking style of soccer against good opponents outside our league."

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