Springing into the break: Sailors take down Devils, 9-2
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The minds of the girls on the Steamboat soccer team where elsewhere on Thursday afternoon. Coming off a tough and emotional team win over rival Battle Mountain on Wednesday, the weary Sailors still found enough seams in Eagle Valley’s defense to beat the Devils, 9-2, at the Christian Heritage School fields.”Everybody was tired mentally and physically,” said Sailors’ goalkeeper Shannon King.After a pair of early goals from Kelly Labor, the Sailors showed some fatigue, but continued to wear down the Eagle Valley defense, with Casey Garth finding Kathleen Lyon on a nice cross, and adding a goal of her own for a 7-1 Sailors’ halftime lead.
The Sailors used the second half to rest their starters and to give some members of the JV squad an opportunity to showcase their skills.”It was a chance for us to get them in the field and see where they fit, getting different looks at different players and they all did well,” said Steamboat coach Danny Tebbenkamp. “Mandy DeVos got two goals in about five minutes and Abby Lewis got one.”Eagle Valley also used the opportunity to put significant offensive pressure on the Sailors in the second half, lofting a goal over King and allowing only a pair of goals. Eagle Valley’s Michelle Parmenter and Sarah Hoza each scored a goal.”It’s tough playing the top team in the league, Steamboat plays such a nice one-touch, two-touch game, but we really stepped up to the pressure and took charge, playing an excellent second half,” Eagle Valley coach T.J. Hay said.
Despite a 0-9-1 record, Hay remained positive about his squad, raving about the play of junior goalkeeper Mary Cochrane.”She’s hands down the best goalkeeper in the league. She’s constantly getting tested. Fifteen, 17, 18, 20 saves a game? That’s more like a season worth of saves for some goalies,” Hay said.Despite Cochrane’s solid play, she was unable to stop Steamboat’s final goal, blasted in from outside the box from senior Kirsten Ryan.As the final whistle blew, the Eagle Valley girls cheered ecstatically after a great half of play, while the Steamboat girl’s cheered about being on spring break.
“We had spring break in our heads, but it was sure nice for the seniors to know they have that younger talent, the whole unit of JV players played strong,” Labor said, notching another hattrick this year.Eagle Valley hosts rival Battle Mountain Saturday at 11 a.m. in Gypsum. Vail, Colorado