Moffat County's Imelda Hernandez moves the ball across the field during Monday afternoon's game against Steamboat Springs at Gardner Field. The Sailors scored six goals in the first half, en route to a 7-0 victory.

Photo by John F. Russell

Moffat County's Imelda Hernandez moves the ball across the field during Monday afternoon's game against Steamboat Springs at Gardner Field. The Sailors scored six goals in the first half, en route to a 7-0 victory.

Steamboat Springs girls soccer team cruises past Moffat County, 7-0

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The wind cutting across the surface of Gardner Field on Monday afternoon was frigid, but not even the cold seemed to slow Steamboat Springs High School's red-hot offense.

The Sailors girls soccer team rolled to a 7-0 victory against the winless Moffat County Bulldogs.

"One of our main focuses this season is starting the game fast," Steamboat Springs sophomore Hayley Brookshire said. "So we came out hard, and we were able to that."

Senior Mandi DeVos, who netted the first goal of the game less than four minutes into the contest, sparked Steamboat's offense. The early goal unleashed an avalanche of shots that led to a 6-0 first-half advantage for the home team.

DeVos, who finished with three goals in the game, and Steamboat's Emi Birch each scored twice in the first half. Shelby Struble, who found the back of the net from way outside, and Joanie Bier also fueled Steamboat's scoring attack with first-half goals.

Supporting players included Brookshire, who had two assists, and Hope Scott. Elise Anderson assisted DeVos' second-half goal.

"This is the way our game has been going," Moffat County coach David Rodriguez said. "We have one good game, one bad game."

Steamboat controlled the ball for most of the game and played just eight players after taking a commanding early lead.

"It was a good way to challenge us," Steamboat assistant Erin Dargis said. "In the second half, the girls made the game what they needed to do to get better. Our players decided to possess and work on the things that will make them better."

Rodriguez said his players played through the cold and played hard until the end of the game, hoping to find the spark they needed to get the offense working. The Bulldogs had a couple of second-half opportunities, including a couple of breakaways, but could not find the back of the net.

"It wasn't enough," Rodriguez said. "We were just on a long road trip, and our guys were a bit tired. I think that showed."

But the coach remained optimistic after the game.

"This was good for them," he said. "It was an opportunity for some good exercise, and it was lots of fun."

Monday's game was originally scheduled for last Thursday but was pushed back because of snow. Steamboat next faces Eagle Valley on Thursday in Gypsum and will return home to face Battle Mountain at noon Saturday. A game against Glenwood Springs still needs to be rescheduled.

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