Steamboat beats Glenwood, 3-1 |

Steamboat beats Glenwood, 3-1

Dave ShivelySteamboat Pilot & TodayGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Last year, the Steamboat Springs-Glenwood Springs boys soccer rivalry had each team take home a win on its opponent’s pitch. This year, the home field has ruled.Steamboat’s offense delivered again on Saturday for a 3-1 win over Glenwood to extend a three-game winning streak where the Sailors have outscored opponents 17-1.

Granted, the Demons provided a much stauncher Western Slope League opponent – at 3-3-1 in league play, they beat the Sailors 2-1 in overtime in their Sept. 15 meeting.If Steamboat struggled early in the first half to convert prolonged possessions into scoring opportunities, Glenwood struggled even more. The Sailors (4-3-1 in league, 4-5-1 overall) out-shot the Demons 10-4 in the first half.”We were flat in the first half, we had no combination play and the defense was playing too conservative,” Glenwood head coach John Mount said, citing the necessary adjustments from Glenwood’s thick grass to Steamboat’s slick artificial turf. “With the pitch, our guys are used to playing the through balls where it doesn’t roll as fast.”

Steamboat found the net 23 minutes in when Glenwood goalkeeper Kurt Hartmann popped a tough shot from Tony Rende out to Daniel Wright, there to knock the rebound in for a 1-0 lead.Even though the Demons owned possession time and got the better looks on cage, out-shooting the Sailors 12-8, the Sailors scored again.Wright found a wide-open Sean Hurst, whose shot sailed high. But on Hurst’s next touch, from Blake Eddington, he delivered. Striking the ball across his body, Hurst beat Hartmann (who finished with five saves) to the far side with a low shot to go up 2-0.

The Glenwood D keyed in on Hurst and gave him a push that resulted in a direct kick and another Steamboat goal from Wright, who trapped Eddington’s kick and sent it home to go up 3-0.Glenwood saved themselves from shutout when Ryan Young sent a well-placed shot past Steamboat keeper Connor Birch with four minutes left on the clock.”We’re looking to go forward and focus on the positives,” Mount said.

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