Steamboat cruises past Demons
Steamboat Pilot & Today
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — One team is showing signs of marked improvement in Class 4A Western Slope League play. The other is reeling and took an even bigger shot on Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team spent most of Saturday slicing through the Glenwood Springs defense, scoring seven times with four different players to beat the visiting Demons on homecoming, 7-1.
For Steamboat, it meant improving to 6-2-1 and setting up a shot to retake the conference lead when it plays at Summit on Tuesday. For Glenwood, it was the second consecutive six-goal defeat the Demons have felt.
Steamboat junior Jack Salyer netted his second career hat trick, and teammate Charlie Beurskens snaked a few goals past Glenwood Springs keeper Ryan Nott to help the Sailors make a huge improvement from then the schools met on Sept. 2, a 2-1 Glenwood loss.
“There is just great energy with this team in how we play from Minute 1 to Minute 80,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “When you have that, and you have all the components of being able to keep and hang onto the ball, possess it and dictate the game, it’s going to open up the opportunities to get goals.”
And the Sailors got shots on the vast majority of their possessions.
Salyer opened things up in the first minute with an unassisted goal past Nott. He did it again in the 14th minute with another unassisted rocket over Nott’s outreached palms to give Steamboat a 2-0 advantage.
Buerskens pushed the Sailors’ lead to 3-0 in the 27th minute, a goal that was answered with Glenwood’s lone score of the game, a beautiful cross-to-header that snuck past Steamboat keeper Jake Andersen.
The Sailors then netted four goals in the final 40 minutes from Cruz Archuleta (47th minute), Salyer’s completed hat trick (53rd minute), another from Buerskens (54th minute) and the capper from senior Devin de Jong (59th minute).
“I thought we played possession way more than going forward too much,” Salyer said. “We just played to the open guy instead of forcing it the whole time.”
Bohlmann said his team is starting to attack defenses sideline to sideline in the back half of the season, stretching defenders and creating open looks for a host of players.
Glenwood is stuck in a bit of a lull in 4A WSL play, now 2-6-0 against conference foes.
The Demons’ chance to right the ship won’t be easy on Tuesday when they take on Eagle Valley, which ran by Glenwood Springs, 3-0, on Aug. 30.
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