Steamboat, Battle Mountain soccer play to 2nd tie of season |

Steamboat, Battle Mountain soccer play to 2nd tie of season

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Steamboat Springs' Megan Stabile, right, clears the ball away from Battle Mountain's forwards during their snowy game Wednesday in Edwards. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

— Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain are officially fit to be tied.

On a frosty Wednesday night in Edwards, the teams ended up knotted at two. The tie was the rivals' second of the season. In round one, the Sailors and Huskies played to a 1-1 draw March 30 at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs.

"I thought both groups put in phenomenal effort," Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said.

The Huskies (6-1-2 in Western Slope League) have clinched one of the two playoff spots from the league's Eastern Division, and the Sailors (4-1-2) are all but in, but they still have to face league opponents Rifle, Summit County and Glenwood Springs.

As for who wins the division, both teams have critical games remaining, which could be deciding factors. The Huskies play their last league game Friday at Palisade, which tops the Western Division at 7-0. The Bulldogs have handed Steamboat its only other league blemish beside the two ties with the Huskies.

Just as Steamboat will be in Palisade's corner Friday, the Huskies will be rooting for Glenwood Springs when it hosts the Sailors later this season. In some nice symmetry, Battle Mountain's only league loss is to the Demons.

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"Strange bedfellows," Huskies coach David Cope joked.

On Wednesday, the Huskies took the early lead on a free kick from Rosie Davies to Melissa Lopez. That seemed to light a fire under the Sailors during a snowy first half, and Steamboat's Katie Arnis scored four minutes later.

Natalie Bohlmann started the first half with a bang in the 41st minute, giving Steamboat a 2-1 lead. Battle Mountain's Morgan Croke notched the equalizer in the 51st minute.

"I think the positive to take away is that we are a difficult team to beat," said Cope, whose team is 6-1-3 overall. "We've played 10 games and lost one. I think there's something to be said for that. … I was proud of the way we came back and got a goal" to tie.

Both coaches agreed that the extra time Wednesday was different than the final 10 minutes in Steamboat in the first game between the teams this season. They said both teams were trying to end it Wednesday as opposed to settling for the draw.

This is the first time the Battle Mountain-Steamboat Springs girls soccer series has ended with two draws since the Huskies joined the Sailors in the 4A ranks in 2004. In fall 2009, the boys teams ended up with two draws, and the Sailors won the league title by a tiebreaker of records against common opponents.

The Huskies head to Palisade on Friday before their spring break, and Steamboat hosts Wheat Ridge on Saturday at noon in a nonconference tilt.

"We're really looking forward to it," Rob Bohlmann said. "It will be a good test for us. Our league is shaping up as very competitive. If we can have some good results against teams in (the) Jeffco (league), it bodes well."