Sailors girls soccer hammers Glenwood behind Floyd’s hat trick
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team has weathered an early season full of nail-biting finishes, including the season opener at Glenwood Springs.
The Demons nearly mounted a huge rally in that March 5 contest, an eventual 5-4 Sailors win.
But Steamboat junior Jordi Floyd put an emphatic end to her team’s narrow victories and Glenwood’s come-from-behind efforts Thursday afternoon at Gardner Field when the two teams met for the second and final time of the regular season.
Floyd scored a hat trick as the Sailors marched to a 5-1 victory, improving to 4-1 overall this spring and sinking Glenwood to 1-5 in the process.
Floyd opened the game’s scoring, taking a Natalie Bohlmann assist in the 10th minute to give the Sailors a 1-0 advantage.
Glenwood didn’t wilt, at least not early. Just five minutes later, Demons freshman Devin McSwain blasted a free kick past the Steamboat wall and just out of the outstretched hands of Sailors goalie Ocoee Wilson, securing the 1-1 equalizer.
It was all Floyd, Bohlmann and the Sailors after that. Another Bohlmann-to-Floyd goal in the 25th minute, followed by a Bohlmann unassisted goal in the 33rd gave Steamboat a 3-1 halftime advantage. Sailors junior Maggie Henry pitched in a goal in the 53rd minute, and Floyd capped off her hat trick in the 65th.
Not even Floyd can remember the last time she tallied a trio of goals in one game, but she said with the nice spacing and timely opportunities, it just fell into place.
“The biggest thing we were looking for were linking passes and just creating a lot of combination play,” Floyd said. “We’re trying to possess a lot, and I think that’s where we found success.”
For Glenwood, the first third of the season has been a bit of an uphill climb as Demons coach Steve White continues to break in a relatively young squad. It certainly didn’t help that the Demons were missing three key contributors at Steamboat, either, the coach said.
“We’ve just struggled so far this season getting the right balance,” White said. “We have really good players, and we’ve played some close games but have just fallen short.”
As a team, Glenwood had 13 shots on goal to Steamboat’s 18, and Demons freshman goalie Erin Bucchin gobbled up five saves to Ocoee Wilson’s 10. Bohlmann finished with a trio of assists to go along with her first-half goal.
With a good chunk of the regular season now in the books, the 4A Western Slope League is starting to take some form, and it’s tight at the top.
Battle Mountain remains the lone undefeated squad at 4-0, followed by the one-loss teams in Eagle Valley (4-1), Palisade (4-1) and Steamboat (4-1). Although the Sailors dropped a tough one Tuesday at Eagle Valley, Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann liked his team’s resolve Thursday to stay in the league conversation.
“We’re really proud of how we responded from Tuesday’s loss,” Bohlmann said. “Tonight, where we really found success was spacing behind them. We were a little forceful, but it was really inviting for our players to look in and get behind them early.”
The Sailors enter their longest road stretch of the season with four straight away games coming up. The first is next Friday at Delta at 6 p.m.
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