Sailors’ offense comes to life
Four second-half goals lifted the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team to a convincing 4-1 win over Eagle Valley on Tuesday night at Dudley Field.
” We knew we had to pick it up in the second half,” Steamboat sophomore Max Hamil said after the game. “This game was about our team wanting to win and making it happen.”
After 40 minutes of scoreless soccer, Steamboat opened the second half on the offensive.
The Sailors fired four quality shots on Eagle Valley goalkeeper Ross Herr in the first five minutes. But it was the fifth shot that ignited Steamboat’s offense and sparked the team to victory.
Hamil took a pass from senior Alec Nelson and moved past a pair of Eagle Valley defenders before placing the ball in the back of the net.
The shot gave the Sailors a 1-0 advantage in the game and shifted the momentum to Steamboat’s team.
After the goal, the Eagle Valley players didn’t have time to respond as Steamboat added two more goals — both coming from penalties in front of the Eagle Valley goal.
First, a Steamboat player was tripped just outside the penalty box, resulting in a free kick. Danny Carlson booted the ball past a wall of Devil’s defenders and Herr for the second goal of the game.
The second came after Steamboat’s player was taken down in the box while attempting to score. Nelson then scored on Eagle Valley in a one-on-one opportunity with Herr.
The goal made the score 3-0, and it looked like Steamboat would run away with the win.
Eagle Valley junior Mauricio Lagos kept things interesting by heading the ball past Steamboat goalkeeper Jordan Gray 20 minutes into the half. Senior Jordan Meikle set his teammate up with a perfectly placed pass from the corner of the field.
The goal sent a spark through the Eagle Valley sideline, but Steamboat’s Nelson wasn’t about to let the visiting Devils back into the game. On Steamboat’s next attack, he moved the ball in front of the Devils’ net and beat Herr to the opposite corner to secure the 4-1 Steamboat win.
“We created opportunities the entire game, but we just didn’t find the back of the net until the second half,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “We are happy to get the three points for the win, and I think we have made some progression in our play from last Thursday’s game.”
The victory gives Steamboat a 1-0 record in the Western Slope League and a 1-1 mark overall this season.
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