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SPORTS

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Steamboat soccer season ends at 11-4-1 Soccer continued from 22 “I play defense in club (competition) so I’m used to it. I know how to play it. I guess I can switch from offense to defense really fast.” In a game that saw each team go through momentum swings, members of each squad could have looked up at the scoreboard Wednesday and found themselves on top. Steamboat got the early jump when junior Emi Birch scored on a free kick in the ninth minute. The junior hit a perfect shot from 22 yards out that just snuck under the crossbar and into the right corner. Pitt got the equalizer in the 39th minute, when the senior got the ball just inside the box and beat Steamboat keeper Hanna Berglund to the short side. Although the two teams went into the half tied at 1, it wasn’t for a lack of opportunities. In addition to two early corner kicks — one that made the back post without interruption

— Thompson Valley got the best look in the 26th minute. Junior Emma Howard outraced two Steamboat defenders to the ball and had a point-blank opportunity that Berglund stopped. Then, in the 38th minute, the Eagles’ Sydney Paulsen lofted a free kick just over the crossbar. Steamboat’s best chances to score the go-ahead goal came in the first 20 minutes of the second half. With Pitt out of the lineup because of her collarbone, the Sailors instantly gained control of possession. In the 45th minute, Steamboat’s Joanie Bier lofted a shot of her own just above the crossbar. In the 55th, Birch’s deflection off a corner kick again found the waiting arms of Holdeman. Then, in the 60th, Birch just missed on another free kick. A Mia Quick header on a corner kick sailed just wide in the 61st. “It was a hard-fought, scrappy game,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “The difference,

in my opinion, is we could not quite settle down and play with composure. If we were able to do that a little more, we would have had a few more opportunities to go to goal. But that’s easier said than done. Nobody ever said this was an easy game.” Pitt’s return in the 57th minute seemed to spur on her teammates. Steamboat’s opportunities became fewer, then Pitt capitalized in the 72nd minute to put Thompson Valley up 2-1 for good. “That’s exactly it. She was all over the place,” Eagles’ coach Nate Hancock said about Pitt. “She was sideline to sideline and endline to endline. She’s doing all that with a partially cracked collarbone. She’s a senior, and she lost two (playoff) games. It’s just an iron will.” Steamboat ends the season at 11-4-1. Thompson Valley advances to play the winner of a Saturday game between sixthseeded Valor Christian and No. 27 Woodland Park.

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state’s top runners. Five Class 2A boys have prequalified in each of Zirkel’s main events. But even if he can’t cut that far into his times, he could still qualify for state by placing in the top three of this weekend’s races. “He’s got a real good chance at it,” Hayden coach Barbara Manzanares said. “The prequalification times might be a bit far out, but he will definitely be up there with a chance to go.” The Hayden and Soroco high school track programs have already qualified several athletes to the state meet. Hayden’s Jake

Walker is in for the 100 and 200. Hayden junior Murphy Smartt long ago qualified in the high jump. Tiger senior Holli Salazar easily bested the qualification mark in her bid to defended last year’s Class 2A state shot put championship, and Soroco junior Matt Watwood eclipsed the discus pre-qualification mark by eight inches last week in Kremmling. Hayden’s boys 400-meter relay team also qualified for state, edging out the necessary time of 45.50 seconds by less than half a second. For those athletes, this weekend’s meet can be a relaxing tune-up. For others, though, state dreams are on the line.

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Steamboat Today, May 7, 2009  

Routt County's daily newspaper

Steamboat Today, May 7, 2009  

Routt County's daily newspaper