Steamboat girls soccer aims for championship |

Steamboat girls soccer aims for championship

With 9 returning seniors and deep spring program, Sailors girls focus on winning

— Expectations don’t change much for the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team. 

That’s what happens with a program that has been the definition of success over the years. So after a 2-0-1 showing in the recent Colorado Academy Tournament and the Western Slope League schedule set to begin at 6 p.m. today against Moffat County, coach Rob Bohlmann reiterated what the team aims to accomplish.

“There are certain levels of expectations within this program every year,” he said. “We think it’s within the reach of possibility to win a league title and to have a first-round home playoff game. That’s pretty consistent from year to year and this year is no exception.”

For the first time in a long time, however, Steamboat and rival Battle Mountain won’t enter the season as the favorites. That honor goes to defending league champion Glenwood Springs, which surprised many last year en route to a league championship. 

The Sailors are confident, however, especially with nine seniors and a number of other returning players. 

Judging from the Colorado Academy Tournament, the Sailors don’t have a glaring weakness. But starting today, Steamboat will be without four or five regular starters who are nursing injuries. 

Steamboat, though, has as deep a spring program as there is. The Sailors have more than 50 girls in the program and should have solid depth to get through a 12-game spring season — where weather and postponements will almost ensure that Steamboat plays multiple games a week. 

“Our strength is the depth in our program,” Bohlmann said. 

The early schedule will start to clear up the league picture. Steamboat plays at Battle Mountain on Friday and at Glenwood on April 9.  Palisade and Delta also could battle for the top of the standings. 

Regardless of the quality of the league competition, the Sailors are focused. 

“We want a home playoff game,” senior Hope Scott said. “We want to be the league champions.  Our motto this year is ‘Earning it back,’ because last year we didn’t win our league title.”

Prodded further, fellow senior Joanie Bier stepped in. 

“I think,” Bier said, “she said it beautifully.” 

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or e-mail

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