Steamboat soccer shut out by Battle Mountain
Sailors boys soccer falls, 3-0, to Huskies
Edwards — The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team capped a forgettable week Saturday, falling 3-0 to rival Battle Mountain.
The Huskies got their vengeance against one of the squads that deprived them of a league title last fall.
For Steamboat, it was the end of a difficult three days, having bowed to fast-emerging Moffat County, 5-1, and then losing to its traditional southern rivals.
This was just the beginning for the Huskies and Sailors, who have won seven of the past 10 league titles.
“It feels great beating the team we lost the championship to,” Huskies senior Sergio Sifuentes said, referring to two 1-1 draws with the Sailors last year, which landed the Huskies in second place.
“Against a good opponent, I thought we were dominant in every aspect of the game,” Battle Mountain coach David Cope said.
The Huskies made sure they came away with three points Saturday. The Huskies’ Brian Morales caused trouble with runs along the right side. He lost one Sailors defender and was taken down by another in the box on one run.
That gave the Huskies a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Cody Hervert did the honors, grounding his shot nicely past Steamboat goalkeeper Joey Haight for a 1-0 lead.
Late in the first half, Efren Gonzalez sprung the Huskies attack down the right side to Leopoldo Rodriguez, who put it across to Haiven Garcia for a 2-0 lead.
The Huskies got another penalty kick in the 51st minute, but Haight stuffed Battle Mountain’s Jack Sunderland. Five minutes later, Sunderland got a second chance on a cross from Sifuentes. He didn’t miss this time and sent a header into the net to ice the win.
Despite the loss, Bohlmann was pleased with the way his team responded to a tough week.
“We already started building,” he said. “We responded with a quick turnaround. We responded well from Thursday. We certainly didn’t have the run of the play, but we played with a lot more composure. That’s something we struggled with Thursday. We were able to come back and play a bit sharper.”
And Bohlmann was quick to note that the two teams meet again Oct. 14.
The Sailors next play Tuesday in Glenwood Springs.
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