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Undermanned Demons fall short at Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado - This just-win mantra is serving the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team well.After a brief stretch in October left the Sailors trying to define their team, and in the process put their backs to the wall, Steamboat has recovered and has a chance to make the playoffs.Its latest win, a 4-1 effort against an undermanned Glenwood Springs team, still leaves Steamboat with some work to do.But since a 4-2 loss to Palisade Oct. 14, Steamboat is 6-2, with both losses coming to top-three teams.Here is where things get interesting. The 4A Western Slope League is guaranteed four playoff spots.Battle Mountain has the top spot locked in. But Montrose and Durango drop into the league, further complicating matters. Durango, via a 4-2 win over Grand Junction Central on Saturday, has 33 points and a playoff spot.The rest sets up like this:• Montrose has 29 points with one game remaining Tuesday against Fruita Monument, a team it beat 4-2 earlier in the season. • Summit, if it could earn a win on Tuesday at Rifle in a winnable game, would have 30 points with one game left. • Steamboat is at 27 points with one game remaining, a 6 p.m. tilt Thursday at Summit.Should Steamboat win Tuesday, it would be tied with Summit. Summit, however, holds the tiebreaker. Still, Steamboat's in a position to earn a playoff spot. There are 24 guaranteed spots and eight at-large bids. At large bids are determined by the MaxPreps Freeman Ranking, league poll, head-to-head competition and common opponents. A win Thursday would look mighty good on the rsum. "With the momentum we have going, psychologically we're feeling good," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "Physically, we'll be a lot fresher going. It scripts us going into that game playing to our full potential."Saturday, Steamboat saw some of that potential. The Sailors took an early 1-0 lead on a header from Peyton Trask. But Glenwood answered in the 53rd minute with a Foster Gross goal to tie it at 1-all. Positioned with momentum, the Demons couldn't take advantage. Three minutes later, Peter White and Jasper Good combined on the go-ahead goal, with White finishing, to take a 2-1 lead.Finally Mac Noel added a pair of goals on assists from Hanson Buchner for the final result."I think we can be a more attacking team," said Noel, who has changed the complexion of the Steamboat team since his return. "We're going to be able to be more of an attacking team than a defensive team."For Glenwood it was another solid effort, with a result not quite indicative of the score. The Demons were without three starters on Saturday and held on for as long as they could."One of the problems we've had is the commitment level hasn't been high," said Demons coach Steve White, who returned to coaching the boys side for the first time since 1998. "It's a little bit of a restart for this program."Steamboat now readies for its all important game with Summit, one that will decide its playoff future."We need to beat them," Noel said. "We have to get the win to advance to the playoffs."

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