Sailors soccer back in playoffs, draws No. 20 seed

Ben Ingersoll

— A season after being snubbed from the Class 4A playoffs, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team scrapped its way back into the 2015 32-team bracket, which was announced by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday.

The Sailors finished the regular season with a 10-4-1 record and drew the No. 20 seed, earning them a date Wednesday at No. 13-seed Montrose (11-2-1). The No. 20 slot is Steamboat’s best seeding since the 2011 season, when it also was No. 20 after an 11-3-1 season.

Battle Mountain — a team Steamboat took to overtime in a 2-1 loss March 31 — is the No. 4 overall seed, and 4A Western Slope League second-place Eagle Valley is the No. 14 seed.

“I think based on how things finished up within our league, it’s a pretty fair seed for us,” Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said.

Montrose won the combined 4A/5A Southwestern League with a 6-1-1 conference showing. The Indians and Sailors have only one common opponent in Montezuma-Cortez, a team both squads blew out earlier this season.

Bohlmann said having common opponents can sometimes give teams indications on the quality of their opponent, but it can also be overrated when it comes to preparing for a playoff match.

“Sometimes looking at common opponents and results can give you some types of tendencies, and sometimes it won’t give you a real accurate account,” he said. “It’ll certainly be interesting.”

The longtime Steamboat boys and girls soccer coach credited the much-needed spring break from April 18 to 26 as a critical resting period. Just before the break, the Sailors had lost to Palisade, which didn’t qualify for the playoffs this season.

“Even though the girls had their individual workouts during the break, it was an opportunity for all the players to regenerate,” Bohlmann said about the layoff. “Coming back this past week, we’ve just had really good training. It’s almost like we came back and had the benefit of an extra week of postseason preparation.”

Juniors Jordi Floyd and Natalie Bohlmann led the regular season in striking, knocking in a combined 27 goals.

Steamboat girls soccer hasn’t won a state playoff game since the 2006 season when the No. 10 Sailors met No. 23 Evergreen in the first round. Steamboat won the game, 2-1, before falling to Silver Creek in the round of 16, 3-0.

The Sailors finished the regular season on a high note, hammering Moffat County last Thursday, 4-0. Steamboat also had a Saturday scrimmage with Colorado Academy, the top-seeded team in Class 3A’s playoff bracket.

The scrimmage gave the team an opportunity to fine tune things heading into this week. It also gave the Sailors a look at a relatively unfamiliar, strong opponent, Rob Bohlmann said, which should pay dividends by Wednesday’s kickoff in Montrose.

“We feel like we are fit, strong, fresh and really to go,” the coach said. “We really are in a good spot. The approach has to be about us and about us adjusting quickly within a game against an unknown opponent.”

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