Sailors soccer faces tough early test |

Sailors soccer faces tough early test

Melinda Mawdsley

— Instead of scheduling an easy opponent to open the 2004 season, the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team scheduled one of the state’s toughest in Class 4A: Mountain View.

Last year, the Mountain Lions made it to the state quarterfinals before falling, 2-1, to eventual state champion Lewis-Palmer.

Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said Steamboat faced Mountain View, from Loveland, several years ago in the postseason. He didn’t remember game specifics, but he did remember that the Mountain Lions were fast, quick and athletic.

“We’re not going into this game looking at specifics,” Bohlmann said. “We’re going in looking at the big picture. We’ll be going out to play the best soccer that we can. … It’s going to be a very competitive team. For an opener in a nonleague game to get us prepared for league, we feel fortunate to have a quality opponent in Mountain View coming in.”

The game between Steamboat and Mountain View begins at 4 p.m. today at Dudley Field in Emerald Park in Steamboat Springs. The junior varsity game will follow at about 6 p.m.

The members of this year’s Sailors team don’t have a lot of experience playing together, but Bohlmann said he was pleased with the work the boys have put in. There are some returning varsity players, but many of them did not have prominent starting roles in 2003.

“It’s a group that we’re still trying to put together,” Bohlmann said. “They are working hard. They are optimistic. Our goal (today) isn’t necessarily to be worried about the win-loss result.”

Today’s game against Mountain View is Steamboat’s only nonleague game before league play opens with a 4 p.m. Tuesday game against Eagle Valley, the newest addition to the Class 4A Western Slope League this year.

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