Sailors shut out in disappointing loss |

Sailors shut out in disappointing loss

Felix Doligosa Jr.

— The Steamboat Springs men’s soccer team was left stranded at sea Wednesday night.
The defending state champion Broomfield Eagles marooned Steamboat Springs 6-0 in the Class 4A state quarterfinal matchup.
The Eagles, led by junior Nick Diede, registered a hat trick scoring three goals, holding a tight grip on a high-scoring Sailors team and shutting down Mike Rinn and the offense. Twelve minutes into the game, Diede scored on a long pass, out-hustling two Steamboat Springs defenders. Diede tapped the ball passed goalkeeper Andrew Litzau and opened the floodgates for the scoring spree.
“The first goal was fed pretty good to me,” Diede said. “The defender tripped and I had the goalie one on one. I was just excited.”
The excitement carried on seven minutes later as Broomfield’s Nathan Holloway took a pass from Glen Carnahan, striking it past Litzau.
Eleven minutes later, Diede struck twice as he knocked in another goal assisted by Thomas Flynn over a charging goalie.
The Eagles were sitting on a three-goal cushion lead by halftime.
The Sailors held on trying to match Broomfield’s speed but missed scoring opportunities, and unlucky breaks prevented the Sailors from matching blow for blow.
“We played solid in the first half,” Sailors head coach Ron Bohlmann said. “We had some unfortunate breaks and Broomfield capitalized on them.”
One of those unfortunate breaks was a missed scoring opportunity by Rinn as he missed a wide-open net in front of the goal early in the game.
“We just couldn’t put the ball in the net today,” Rinn said. “They just have a great defense and some good players. We played good soccer, but we have our off days just like any team.”
The Sailors did not give up as they continued to play the Eagles hard.
“We were positive at halftime, but then we dug ourselves a hole, which was hard to get out of,” Bohlmann said.
The Eagles would not let the Sailors climb out of the three-goal deficit.
“We knew they were capable of coming back,” Diede said. “Our goal was to come out and put out a couple more in after halftime. We know how it feels to have a team come back on us.”
Broomfield, ranked No. 3 in the Class 4A tournament, continued to pour it on a frustrated Steamboat team in the second half.
Seven minutes into the second half, Brandon Kent whipped a goal into the net and 1 minute, 38 seconds later, Diede scored his third goal, speeding past defenders to register another point.
In addition to those goals, Johan Werner scored a rebound goal with 12 minutes left in the game, giving the Eagles a 6-0 lead.
Up next for the Broomfield Eagles is Lewis-Palmer in the semifinals.
For the Steamboat Springs Sailors, up next is an off-season of improvement.
“We got to learn to play with pressure where the pace of the game is quicker,” Bohlmann said. “We need to adapt and play a more possessional game with tight pressure like this. We have to close that gap.”
The Steamboat Springs soccer team is proud of this season’s accomplishments despite the loss.
“We’re extremely happy with this group of kids,” Bohlmann said. “They played their hearts out all season and it’s unfortunate to have it end this way. I’m very happy and proud of these guys.”

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