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Sailors too much for Bears in girls soccer

Benjamin Ingersoll
Steamboat Pilot & Today

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — They are two teams with very different late-season aspirations, and it showed Thursday night at Steamboat Springs High School’s Gardner Field.

The Sailors girls soccer team, winner now of four of its past five contests, is fighting for an automatic-qualifying spot in the upcoming Class 4A state playoffs.

Rifle is battling to keep things as close as possible for 80 minutes.

But on Steamboat’s senior night, the Sailors picked up win number seven on the year and sunk the Bears to 0-11-0 in the process with a 7-0 Class 4A Western Slope League win.

“We’re definitely hitting our peak at the time we need to,” Steamboat senior Alice Holmquist said. “We struggled a bit at the beginning because we’re a really young team. We’re meshing together at the right moment.”

The Sailors raced to a commanding 6-0 halftime lead, thanks in part to Holmquist’s right foot. The senior punched in two first-half goals, joined by scores from Logan Sankey, Eliza Leeson, Jordi Floyd and Colleen Garrecht-Connelly.

Steamboat pushed it to a 7-0 final in the 73rd minute with a goal from freshman Maggie Henry.

For the second game in a row, the Sailors played with backup goalie Carolyn Walters. The junior, however, faced zero Rifle shots, and was challenged just once in the 56th minute, coming up to snag what could have been the Bears’ lone opportunity to dissolve a shutout.

“Consistency has been very much a part of our play, especially in the second half of the season,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said, noting his team still has work to do for one last playoff push.

Steamboat still has a weather-postponed makeup game against Fruita Monument to round out the regular season. Rifle travels to Moffat County on Monday for a 4 p.m. kickoff, then comes home to take on Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. on April 24 to close out the 2014 season.

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