Soccer team remains undefeated |

Soccer team remains undefeated

— The Steamboat Springs soccer team has opted to take advantage of what it can control rather than dwell on what it can’t.

With three of their first four games cancelled due to inclement weather in the Front Range, the Sailors have used the extra practice time to organize as a team and familiarize themselves with each other.

The result is an unblemished 3-0 record through March. All three victories were league games.

“We’ve had a lot of changes with the weather and obviously we can’t control that,” coach Rob Bohlmann said. “The level of opposition, we can’t control that. All we can control is how we play and what we do.”

What Steamboat has managed to do is outscore the opposition — Moffat County, Cedaredge and Palisade — 19-0 behind solid goalie play from freshman Kirsten Ryan and a balanced attack from the field players.

The Sailors defeated Palisade, 7-0, on March 28 and Cedaredge, 9-0, on March 29. Freshmen Ann Barney came off the bench to score three goals against Palisade in Steamboat’s second game of the season.

“It is coming together,” Bohlmann said. “The goals scored (March 28) and (March 29) came very naturally. It wasn’t individuals saying ‘it’s my turn to score.’ The gelling and molding process to this point has been good.”

Bohlmann added that his team was anxious to compete considering its last game came March 15 against Moffat County — a 3-0 win.

The tougher part of Steamboat’s schedule is ahead, beginning Thursday at Rifle. Earlier this season, Bohlmann said he figured the Bears to be a contender for the Western Slope league title. The game in Rifle is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Steamboat will come “home” — to Craig — this weekend. Fields are not ready to play on yet in Steamboat, so the Sailors will host Cedaredge and Palisade in Craig on Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s 4 p.m. game and Saturday’s 11 a.m. game are both scheduled to be played at Woodbury Field in Craig, Bohlmann said.

–To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

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