Tuesday's gust of afternoon wind did little to stop the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team from beating Moffat County, 5-0, at Woodbury park. The Sailors' pressure was consistent throughout the game, controlling the ball in Moffat's territory for almost the entire first half.
"We've had a consistent pattern with our focus on good possession soccer. ... I thought we put together 70 minutes of consistent soccer, a really good group effort," Steamboat head coach Rob Bohlmann said.
Capitalizing on Moffat's inability to clear the ball out of its end, the Sailors jumped out to a two-goal lead by the half, forcing Moffat goalie Heather Brown to make a few nice saves to keep her team in the hunt.
"She did great in there," Moffat head coach Jim Loughran said. "But we're a really young team -- we've only got four seniors."
The youthful squad came out bursting with energy early in the second half, nearly capitalizing on a couple of quality opportunities from striker Ashleigh Mann, with one shot ricocheting off the top cross-beam of Steamboat's goal.
The early rally was not enough to mount a comeback against Steamboat's veteran leadership. Senior Kelly Labor's third goal of the day bounced in off the post, putting Steamboat up, 4-0, late in the second half.
"They're a tough, good team, well-coached and fundamental. That Kelly Labor is just a sensational player," Loughran said.
"We had some really good cracks in the box," Bohlmann said.
Steamboat's Haley Gallagher and Betty Sasak cracked a couple of quality shots in, both adding a goal to Labor's three.
But Moffat could not string a pair of wins together after its 1-0 win Saturday in Palisade.
Moffat's next test will be travelling to play Glenwood Springs High School at 4 p.m. Thursday in Glenwood.