Glenwood Springs The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team was looking for some late-game heroics Saturday in Glenwood Springs but couldn't find it before the final whistle blew.
The Sailors fell to the Demons 2-1 in the season opener.
The first half was a back-and-fourth affair, but the number of shots on goal and scoring chances slightly favored the home team. Steamboat’s Leah Rowse came away with several key saves and managed to keep the Sailors in the game through the first half.
Glenwood got on the board with less than 2 minutes remaining in the first half after a penalty was awarded well outside the 18-yard box. Demons freshman Natalia Taylor hit a long ball in front of the Sailors' goal, and teammate Bailey Cox was there to head it into the back of the net to give the home team the lead.
Glenwood kept the pressure on in the second half, and at the 55-minute mark, Eryn Peterson scored again, giving the Demons a 2-0 advantage headed into the final stretch.
Steamboat avoided the shut-out and made things interesting in the closing minutes after Keelan Vargis sent a solid crossing pass in front of the Glenwood net, and freshman Katy Floyd was on the other side to knock the ball in. But that was as close as the Sailors were to come, as Glenwood was able to hold on for the win in the final minutes.
Despite losing the season opener and a key league matchup, Sailors head coach Rob Bohlmann thinks there are plenty of positives his players can take away from Saturday's game.
"One of the big takeaways that we bring from this game is the progression throughout the game," he said. "The first half, we really struggled, and in the second half, things got better and better and better. Anytime you can see that, having that progression and the resiliency to keep working and fighting, you are having success. We are really proud of the girls from that standpoint."
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