Steamboat girls soccer falls in last game of season, misses 4A playoffs
Steamboat Springs girls soccer has been on the bubble of making or missing the postseason this year.
The girls closed out the regular season against Centaurus on Saturday, May 6, but suffered a 5-1 loss and fell to an 8-7 overall record.
“This game was not reflective of this group of seniors and the career they have had,” coach Rob Bohlmann said. “It is sports and it happens, so we just have to keep moving forward.”
Centaurus blanked the Sailors in the first half and held off any Steamboat advances until the final 90 seconds of the game when senior Ava Rose took a pass from senior Reina Bomberski and buried a shot that ricocheted off the top-right corner post.
It was Steamboat’s lone goal of the game and the final connection between Bomberski and Rose in their careers.
Following the game, Bohlmann highlighted that moment to the girls. The energy and enthusiasm they showed for that final 90 seconds is the intensity they needed all season.
“It just was a burst of energy for everyone, not just me,” Rose said. “Scoring in any game, but especially because it is our last game potentially, that was kind of like a magical feeling.”
The girls learned Sunday afternoon, May 7, they did not advance to postseason play. The team finished third in the Western Slope League with a 6-4 league record while winning just one non-league matchup earlier this month.
Bohlmann said regardless of the team advancing or not, he wants the girls to reset. There was so much to learn from this season, and he hopes the memories the girls had will remain with them.
Despite this being the end, Bohlmann takes the utmost pride in his senior players this season. They have left their mark on the program.
“They are the COVID group,” Bohlmann said. “When they were freshman, they did not have a season. When they were sophomores and juniors, they had really terrific runs and lots of postseason play and went through a gamut — what a tremendous legacy that they should feel really good about for the future of the program to aspire to.”
Centaurus 5, Steamboat Springs 2
C 2 3
SS 0 1
To reach Tom Skulski, call 970-871-4240, email tskulski@SteamboatPilot.com.
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