Four 2nd Half Goals push Sailors over Demons

Defender Alex Coffey blocks a shot from Glenwood stricker.

Defender Alex Coffey blocks a shot from Glenwood stricker.

Patience paid off Thursday for the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team.

The squad’s game at Glenwood Springs was scoreless through the first half. The Sailors exploded in the second, however, rolling to a 4-1 victory.

Coach Rob Bohlmann said his team managed to force Glenwood’s defenders into unbalanced situations in the second half, and then, the goals came in bunches.

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Quinn Connell struck first, putting away a pass from Alexander Coffey on a set piece that gave Steamboat a 1-0 lead. Glenwood answered soon after, but Steamboat then poured in three more goals in a span of about five minutes.

Will McConnell shields the ball from Glenwood defender

Will McConnell shields the ball from Glenwood defender.

Cruz Archuleta scored next for Steamboat, then added an assist for the third goal, feeding Ross VanHara. Finally, Murphy Bohlmann scored Steamboat’s final goal.

“It just comes down to the consistency and the perseverance,” Rob Bohlmann said. “The boys strung together a very solid 80 minutes. The second half was good.”

He said strong defense from the team’s back four helped, as did several big saves from senior goalie Andrew McCawley.

Andrew McCawley punches ball against Glenwood

Goalkeeper Andrew McCawley punches ball against Glenwood

“Andy came up with a couple of clutch saves. When that happens, the rest of your players rally behind that,” Bohlmann said.

The win gave Steamboat a 1-0 start to the Western Slope season and set the Sailors at 2-1 on the season. They’ll be going for a 3-0 week Saturday with a trip to play at Palisade, 0-1 this season after losing last week to Glenwood, 6-0.

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