Steamboat set for big Battle match up

Joel Reichenberger

— The emotion isn’t one of fear or gratitude, anticipation or dread.

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team on Tuesday picked up one of its biggest wins in a decade, advancing 2-0 past Montrose to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Now it’s set to face Battle Mountain at 1 p.m. Saturday, an incredible opportunity against a bitter rival, but one that’s already beaten them twice this season.

The emotion is simply excitement.

“They know us very well. We know them very well,” Coach Rob Bohlmann said. “We’re absolutely excited. Tuesday was awesome, and we’re excited about what we accomplished and the opportunity we now have.”

Battle Mountain, 14-2, and Steamboat, 11-4-1, have long traded brutal blows on the soccer pitch, but the Huskies have gotten the better of it recently, winning the last four consecutive match ups.

This season, that meant most recently a 4-2 win in Steamboat in which Battle Mountain coasted thanks to three first-half goals, and a wild 2-1 overtime win by the Huskies.

One was close and one wasn’t, but Bohlmann said there really wasn’t much difference between the games.

“Battle Mountain got themselves into those situations to create those goals, but the difference for them getting those goals came down to inches,” Bohlmann said. “That’s our margin for error: inches. Can we make things just a little cleaner? Can we be a little more proactive?”

Far more than pride and bragging rights will be on the line in this one. The chance to advance in the playoffs awaits, and that’s something, Bohlmann said, his team is extremely excited about.

“We like this opportunity,” he said. “It will be all about execution. There are no secrets. There’s no magic. It’s all about execution.”

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