Sailors’ two goals sink the Demons
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Carter Kounovsky scored a pair of goals for the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team in the Sailors’ first home match since Sept. 5, helping Steamboat grab a 2-0 Class 4A Western Slope League shutout against the Glenwood Springs Demons.
With the win, Steamboat (5-2-0 overall, 5-2-0 league), which pushed its win streak against Glenwood (3-3-0, 2-3-0 league) to seven, inched closer to Summit and Battle Mountain, who sit atop the league right now.
“It’s something we deal with on a daily basis, especially as tight as league is right now,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said about league standings. “Every moment counts. Every possession is important, every tackle, every sub play, it’s all important.”
Kounovsky, a senior who Bohlmann called the “difference maker,” put the Sailors up 1-0 in the 16th minute on a penalty kick. One minute into the second half, Kounovsky again found the back of the net off a feed from Jack Salyer.
Playing against a physically smaller Glenwood Springs team, Steamboat outshot Glenwood 11-5. In his postgame meeting with his players, Bohlmann also praised the play of junior keeper Jake Andersen, who locked up the few Glenwood opportunities near the net.
The Demons return home to play again Saturday when they host Class 5A Grand Junction Central in a nonleague match at Stubler Memorial Field.
Palisade 4, Rifle 0
GRAND JUNCTION — Palisade High School’s boys soccer team took a 2-0 halftime lead and built on it on the Bulldogs’ way to a 4A Western Slope League victory.
Rifle (1-5-0 overall, 0-5-0 league) wasn’t able to generate any offense against Palisade (2-5-0 overall and league play).
“That is not a team we should have lost that badly to,” Rifle coach Rich Carter said. “The lack of fundamentals we’re showing are just killing us right now.”
The Bears will continue league play on Tuesday at Glenwood Springs.
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