Steamboat Springs makes quick work of Eagle Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM ” It took 45 seconds on Thursday for Eagle Valley to see the type of team it wants to become.
Unfortunately for the Devils, they aren’t there yet.
Steamboat Springs scored a goal in the first minute and flashed its tremendous talent in an 8-0 victory in Gypsum. The final margin could have been larger if not for a show of sportsmanship by the Sailors.
“The key for us is to try and start every game quickly, and try and set the tone for the game,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said.
The Sailors certainly did that against Eagle Valley. Steamboat passed effortlessly around the Devils’ defense and Hayley Brookshire deposited the ball into the net for a goal in less than a minute after the opening whistle.
The quick-strike attack continued a minute later when Shelby Struble made a nice shot past Eagle Valley goalie Sydni Schlegel for a 2-0 advantage. The Sailors made it 3-0 when Joanie Bier hit a left-footed shot into the corner of the goal in the sixth minute.
“We knew we had to come out and not expect that it was going to an easy game,” Steamboat’s Elise Anderson said. “We had to come out hard and play our normal game.”
With the 3-0 lead, Bohlmann pulled two of his players off the field to help even up the play. Still, the Sailors had little trouble scoring in the first half.
Jenna Peters notched Steamboat’s fifth goal in the 22nd minute. Kate Verploeg, Leah Berdine and Mandi DeVos all netted goals in the first 40 minutes to give the Sailors an 8-0 edge at the break.
“They are the best team in our (region) right now with Montrose,” Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said. “We are not in that league.”
In the second half, Steamboat was content to play keep away from the Devils. Playing with only eight athletes on the field ” or three girls down ” the Sailors were still able to control the ball. Despite not scoring any goals, it was clear Steamboat held the advantage after halftime.
That’s not to say Eagle Valley didn’t have its chances to score. Pearl Nanin nearly punched the ball into the net on two different occasions with nice runs. Francois Nanin pointed out Nicole Eisenmann, Pearl Nanin, Blanca Gonzalez and Paige Genelin for their play on Thursday.
“The positive thing as a coach, when you play a team like this that pulls off its players, they let our team play,” Francois Nanin said. “It would have been 20-0. That was so cool.”
Steamboat (5-2, 4-0) is hoping to sweep its league competition this season. If the Sailors can pull off the feat, they would host a playoff game. For now, Bohlmann is using a simple approach.
“We’re taking this one step at a time,” Bohlmann said. “We’re fortunate. This is a talented group of girls. They work really hard. They have a great spirit.”
Eagle Valley hosts Delta on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.