Moffat County's Maggie Tucci works the ball downfield during the Bulldogs' game against the Sailors at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday evening. Steamboat defeated Moffat County, 10-0.

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Moffat County's Maggie Tucci works the ball downfield during the Bulldogs' game against the Sailors at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday evening. Steamboat defeated Moffat County, 10-0.

Bulldogs lose to Sailors

Moffat County shut out by regional rival

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team is making dominance a habit.

After an early-season loss to Battle Mountain, Steamboat won its fourth straight game and fifth of its last six with an overpowering 10-0 victory against Moffat County on Tuesday at Gardner Field.

The game was moved to Steamboat Springs after the field in Moffat County wasn't playable because of the weather.

Steamboat started quick and completely controlled the pace of play for the better part of the entire game.

The game was essentially over after the first 40 minutes.

The Sailors used a couple of goals from Emi Birch and scores by Carly Earp and McKenzie Worden in the first 20 minutes to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

Earp added her second goal in the 28th minute - a perfectly placed shot into the back right corner from 23 yards out - to give Steamboat a 5-0 lead.

Mandi DeVos and Joanie Bier added goals in the 37th and 39th minutes to stake Steamboat to a 7-0 halftime lead.

"I thought everything was good tonight. The team connected really well," Earp said. "We didn't start off slow or anything. A lot of times with these types of teams we start off slow and we didn't" Tuesday.

For Moffat County, the game marked only the fifth time this season that the team has been outdoors. Bulldogs coach Alegra Yager said despite the score, she felt her team played much better than their first meeting with the Sailors, a 9-0 loss March 11.

"I played very defensively in the first half," Yager said. "They just have to start to feel it and pressure, pressure, pressure."

Colleen King, Hayley Brookshire and Earp each added second-half goals for Steamboat to complete the rout.

Moffat County goalie Imelda Hernandez - who was peppered with shots all game - made 12 saves in the second half, including several from point-blank range.

Steamboat (7-1-1) now prepares for a 4 p.m. Thursday game at Glenwood Springs. Glenwood, Steamboat and Battle Mountain are in a three-way race for the top spot in the league. Judging by the Sailors earlier 2-1 overtime triumph against the Demons, Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said Thursday's game has a lot of significance.

"Our challenge is to kind of adjust what we've done in the past with history down there," said Bohlmann, whose team traditionally has a tough time with the narrow Glenwood field. "We play well against them here, and we struggle down at their place. I expect a lot of emotion in that game."

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