Steamboat Springs It's hard to judge a soccer game between two teams who have been practicing in cramped gyms since the start of the spring season.
And considering Tuesday's girls soccer game between Moffat County and Steamboat Springs high schools took place outside in the second week of March, during a record-breaking winter, the final score is even more difficult to put in perspective.
For the record, Steamboat won 9-0, showing an unforeseen amount of depth with seven players scoring goals, including three from Mia Quick.
"It's a good start. To be out here this early is a really good start," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "There's a lot of controversy of people saying, 'why didn't we get the field clear earlier?' but it's pretty amazing we're outside playing a game March 11."
Despite the early season conditions - Gardner Field looked like a green oasis in the middle of the tundra - the Sailors at times looked in midseason form.
Steamboat scored early and often. Quick started it in the 13th minute on a feed from Emily Birch. Kiersten Henry, McKenzie Worden, Miranda Schrock and Carly Earp all added first-half goals to stake Steamboat to a 5-0 halftime lead.
"It's a process of taking baby steps," Bohlmann said. "We were able to see a lot of different things. Some things on the micro level as well as macro level. It's a good start. We take the next step (today) in practice."
In the second half, Steamboat continued the rout. Quick added two more goals, with Chrissy Ford and Meghan Hartley each adding one.
Although Moffat County coach Alegra Yager said she would have liked the game to be closer, she took a lot away from the loss.
Considering it was the Bulldogs' first time on a field since the season started, Yager - a first-year coach - said she now has an idea of what type of team she potentially has.
"We've been in a tiny middle school gym the past two weeks," Yager said. "It's very exciting to get out and try them on a field. Trying them out in different places and feeling out where they belong was my key to" Tuesday.
With the win, Steamboat now prepares for a Saturday showdown with defending Western Slope League champion Battle Mountain.
Bohlmann said he anticipates Battle Mountain will again be the top team in the league.
Still, with what Bohlmann saw Tuesday, he's happy with where the Sailors are.
"We have nothing set in stone," he said. "It's a good thing within our camp. It's an external motivator. Playing time has to be determined on a daily basis. That's something that I see as a positive."