Steamboat Springs By the time Mike Rinn scored three goals in the first half against Moffat County on Thursday, Bulldogs players were already asking themselves who let the dogs out.
The Sailors, the real dogs during the match, won the contest 6-1 after Bulldogs coach Eric Johnson forced officials to end the game abruptly.
Johnson refused to enter a substitute goalkeeper into the match, when starting keeper Brandon Duarte was penalized after he tackled Sailors player Silas Cammer.
Cammer, who had taken a shot at the Bulldogs' net before he was tackled, watched as the ball he hit rolled in for an apparent score. But a referee blew the whistle before the ball went in and he negated the goal. The official ruled that the play was a foul, which meant Cammer would take a penalty shot.
Johnson, who believed that the play was not a foul, was livid when referees instructed his player to head to the sidelines. The officials told Johnson to replace Duarte with another player, but Johnson refused. Referees had no choice but to halt the match at 14:21 of the second half. The Sailors won the contest 6-1.
Rinn, who had a hat trick when his team played Moffat County on Sept. 14, scored three more goals in Thursday's win.
Andrew Johnston added a goal in the first half off an an assist from Kyle Nelson, and Jason Flower scored on an assist from Ben Beall. Nelson had the only score of the second half, and Beall finished with two assists. Flower also had an assist, which he made to Rinn at the 21 minute, 20 second mark of the first half.
Sailor Andrew Litzau lived a goalkeeper's dream on Thursday, needing to block only three goals to preserve his team's win.
The Sailors scored at will during the first 20 minutes of the second half and continued to run circles around the Bulldogs for most of the match. The majority of the first half was played on the Moffat County side of the field.
Isidro Quezada produced the only goal for Moffat County, though it was off a penalty shot, where he was one-on-one with Litzau.
Johnson was frustrated by the referee's decision to penalize his keeper, he said.
"It was sheer ignorance on the referee's part," Johnson said. "You know, I mean it should never have been called because it was already a goal in the first place.
"They shouldn't have been looking at a penalty kick. A yellow card was outrageous."
John Cardillo, Sailors assistant coach, said his team played sub-par despite the lopsided win. The Sailors will have to step up their game when they play host to Battle Mountain on Saturday, Cardillo said. The Huskies, 7-1, are in first place in the 4A Western Slope conference.
"They have a fairly similar style," Cardillo said. "They'll definitely try to possess and work it in with good combinations and a lot of possession.
"So, it should be a good game," Cardillo said. "And we'll be playing down at Dudley. We're a little more comfortable down there."
Game time for the Steamboat and Battle Mountain match is set for 11 a.m. at Dudley Field.
Sailors player Rod Beall said his teammates had fun against the Bulldogs in the first half.
"Yeah, it was really fun," Beall said. "We had high intensity and we were scoring. We were really putting together some good scoring opportunities and finishing well."
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