D’Evelyn knocks Steamboat soccer out of playoffs
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team’s season came to an end Wednesday night under a deluge of D’Evelyn goals, the Jaguars scoring all four of their goals in the first half to beat the Sailors, 4-1, in the Class 4A state soccer tournament.
The Sailors got into the playoffs as the No. 29 seed and had a tough task against the tourney’s No. 4-seeded team.
D’Evelyn lived up to that seed, advancing to the round of 16 to play Fort Lupton, which beat Battle Mountain, 1-0, on Wednesday.
“They created,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said about D’Evelyn. “They had some really good goals. They’re very athletic, a good team.”
Bohlmann did say his team played better than the lopsided final score shows.
The team’s best moment came in that frustrating first half, after D’Evelyn took a 1-0 lead. Steamboat’s Charlie Beurskens came up with an answer, pushing the ball himself through the midfield, beating a pair of defenders and launching a shot in from 25 yards to tie the game.
“It was a tremendous goal,” Bohlmann said. “It was just an unbelievable goal to tie it up.”
The Sailors didn’t have long to celebrate, however. D’Evelyn answered with two more goals in short order, then scored yet again with 40 seconds remaining in the first half.
Steamboat’s Andrew McCawley stepped in as goalkeeper when Jake Anderson went down for the season with an injury. On Wednesday, he racked up 16 saves, and Bohlmann said those that got through said a lot more about the quality of D’Evelyn’s shots than it did anything else.
“Three of those were basically unsaveable,” Bohlmann said. “We felt like the score, that doesn’t tell the underlying story of the game. They were obviously the better team, but we played with them and the boys really adjusted, tweaking things going into the second half. We really took it to them.”
Steamboat ends its season 9-6-1 after finishing third in the Western Slope League.
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