Steamboat fares well during JV soccer season |

Steamboat fares well during JV soccer season

Balancing schoolwork, practice and a travel schedule is often a difficult task for young athletes, and it was no different for this year’s Steamboat Springs JV boys soccer team.

Steamboat has no separate freshman or JV boys soccer teams, so the freshmen jump right in to competitive high school soccer.

For many young soccer players in the Western Slope League, that might prove to be the most difficult adjustment. But Steamboat’s players, for the most part, are used to competing at a high level because of their participation in club soccer locally and across the state.

What they were not used to, coach Luke Dudley said, was practicing and playing every day.

“That was the biggest transition,” he said. “It was difficult to get through the whole season.”

The Sailors finished 7-5-1 at the JV level with a team comprised almost entirely of freshmen.

Steamboat started off 4-0, but the price of playing at the JV level is the possibility of teammates leaving to join the varsity team on a more permanent basis. Such was the case for the Sailors.

“They started off really well and then the team got broken up as players moved up to varsity,” Dudley said. “The whole flow was broken up, but that has to be expected at the JV level. The potential is there. It’s a good group.”

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