Bulldogs shut out Sailors

Get out the brooms.

It only took the first few minutes of Thursday night's soccer game in Steamboat Springs for the members of the Moffat County High school soccer team to accomplish something no other Bulldog team has ever done.

Sweep the Sailors.

Hugo Quesada set the tone early by scoring what turned out to be the game-winning goal just three minutes into the contest.

Miquel Martinez and Jose Loya-Mendoza added scores later in the half, but the young squad from Steamboat Springs never threatened as Craig cruised to a 3-0 shutout.

The victory marked the first time the Bulldogs ever have beaten the Sailors in Steamboat, and the first time the team swept the season series.

"This was an important win for us," Martinez said. "If we want to get into the playoffs, we need to win."

Bulldog coach Jeff Hammond wanted his team to come out fast against the Sailors. He thought if the team could get the momentum early, it could keep Steamboat off balance.

"That was our game plan," Hammond said. "We wanted to get our fast guys up, and get our finishers up so that we could score first. I felt that if we could do that it would take them out of their game plan."

It worked.

Moffat County took advantage of the flat Steamboat team, scoring three first-half goals and controlling the pace of the game.

At halftime, Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann asked his players to dig deep to find a way to turn things around in the game.

Steamboat came out more inspired in the second half but continued to have problems building the attack. Steamboat never threatened Moffat County's lead.

"Today was a disappointing day," Bohlmann said. "We didn't play a high level of soccer. It wasn't one specific thing, but it just wasn't happening for us today."

Steamboat is scheduled to face Palisade, a team the Sailors beat earlier this season, on Saturday at Dudley Field. That game will begin at 11 a.m.

The Moffat County Bulldogs are now 6-3 in league play and 5-5 overall. The Bulldogs will play Delta in Delta on Saturday before taking on league-leading Battle Mountain on Oct.12 in Battle Mountain.

John F. Russell can be reached at 871-4200 or jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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