Steamboat sails past Bulldog kickers

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Steamboat Springs soccer player Bernadette Norman made a corner kick and Andra Lenn scored with the header into the Moffat County goal. The plays took Thursday's Sailor/Bulldog soccer game game to 4-0 in the first half, putting it game out of reach for the Lady 'Dogs. The Steamboat Springs Lady Sailors went on to win the game 7-0.

Steamboat remains on top of the Western Slope Conference with a record of 4-1-1, with its only loss coming from Class 5A Boulder High School.

Moffat County, 0-2, doesn't look at the loss to the No. 9-ranked team in Class 4A soccer as a negative, but hopes to have walked away from the game learning what was needed to do to make the rest of the season successful.

"When I look at the way we played, I think we need to keep up our intensity." Bulldogs Coach Eric Johnson said. "I think that's where we fell short, they scored and we kind of just went dead.

Johnson said the biggest battle Moffat County lost was at midfield, where they had planned to try to control the game. Once the first goal was scored on the Lady Bulldogs, the midfield ended up falling back on the defense allowing more offensive pressure by the Lady Sailors, he said.

The goaltender, sophomore Kelly Howl, put up a gallant effort in protecting the goal, but with amount of shots put on net, it was only a matter of time until some started slipping through.

"We kind of started losing focus after we fell behind," senior defenseman Jen Havrilla said. "Our communication broke down and we were having a hard time keeping track of the ball."

Possession was another problem the girls came up against. They weren't able to keep control of the ball when entering the Sailors' end of the field.

Moffat County hopes to take the mistakes they made in this game and turn them into clues as to where the breakdowns are in their game plan before they face Glenwood Springs on Saturday.

The Glenwood Springs Demons should be a good tune-up game for the girls, Johnson said. The Demons have only played one game this season, and that ended in a loss.

"For right now, a game against Glenwood will do us good," Johnson said. "They're more our caliber, and should allow us to work out our game plan before we face any more high-performance teams. If we can start moving the ball into our opponent's territory, we should be able to loosen up the game some, and start opening it up for our offense."

Johnson's said they key to Saturday's match-up will be a better understanding of the team's offense and defense and the ability to retain possession of the ball. He felt the girls should fare well against the Demons, and improve their record.

"Glenwood offers us the chance to better ourselves this season," said senior Rachel Stacey. "I think that as soon as we come together as a team, we'll start winning games."

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