Sailors vault into league lead with win over Demons |

Sailors vault into league lead with win over Demons

Luke Graham Steamboat Pilot & TodayPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs defender Jose Betancourt and Steamboat Springs Enrique Lopez battle for a ball in the first half of Tuesday evening's soccer game at Gardner Field.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team wasn’t as sharp as it has been, and Glenwood Springs had its chances, but in the end the Sailors took control of the 4A Western Slope League on Tuesday with a 3-0 win. With Battle Mountain’s 5-0 win against Moffat County on Tuesday, Steamboat assumed sole possession of first place in the WSL a third of the way through the season. “We feel great about the results we’re having,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “At the same time, you have to grow as a team. It’s a compact season with a lot of games. It’s not always going to be beautiful soccer, scoring goals and winning games.” At least on Tuesday, Steamboat got enough to overcome a disjointed effort. The Sailors again shook off their traditional slow starts. Steamboat scored in the fourth minute, when senior Lance Ostrom got an unassisted goal off a Demons’ turnover. Steamboat doubled its lead in the 18th. This time, right back Michael Wong made a run up the field, fired a shot that deflected off Glenwood keeper Caine Albrecht. The deflection fell to the feet of Enrique Lopes, who pounced on it, giving Steamboat a 2-0 lead. From there, the Demons started to get the run of play. With Steamboat playing back, Glenwood changed from a 4-4-2 in the first half to a 4-5-1 in the second half in an effort to control the midfield. It worked, as the Demons had a plethora of chances in the second 40 minutes. In the 50th minute, Kevin Hartmann’s through ball into the box traveled just beyond the outstretched foot of Nate Kaup, keeping it at a two goal separation. Steamboat’s Tommy Lyon made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute, when he pressed up from his defensive position and lofted a perfect shot from 35 yards out just over Albrecht. The Demons had another opportunity in the 58th, when Hunter Brown beat three Sailors defenders up the right side, but Kaup whiffed on the cross into the box. “Steamboat defends really well,” Glenwood coach John Mount said. “They do a good job of getting the numbers back. They were like a white wall for us to penetrate. But our possession game lacked today.”Glenwood next plays Thursday at Battle Mountain.

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