Girls get sixth-straight shutout victory


— In football-like weather, the Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team scored its sixth consecutive shutout victory Tuesday.

Andrea Len and Jill Wernig each scored two goals and dished an assist as the Sailors topped the Moffat County Bulldogs, 10-0, on a sloppy-wet Gardner Field.

While most of the Steamboat players were dressed in leg warmers to shield themselves from the cold and snowy weather, Wernig hustled up and down the field not bothered by the changing weather conditions.

"I usually don't wear leg warmers," said Wernig, who was dressed in warm-weather gear. "After you run around for a while, you kind of don't notice (the cold)."

Though the Sailors spent much of the game on the Bulldogs' end of the field, the players were highly aggressive attacking the goal.

Nikki Garth got things rolling about two minutes into the contest by knocking in the Sailors' first goal on an assist from Liz Masterson.

Julie Wernig booted in the next goal before her sister, Jill, took advantage of a wide-open shot to put the Sailors on top, 3-0, near the 18-minute mark.

Masterson got the assist on the third goal.

Bernadette Norman scored the ensuing goal at the 24-minute mark.

"I think today we just showed what we can do," said Sailors coach Jim Dudley. "Everybody's contributing, everybody's playing well. We've got just a really good solid team."

Tuesday's win improved the Sailors to 8-1-1 and 6-0 on the year. They have defeated their last six opponents by a combined score of 33-0.

Jill Wernig, who scored the final goal with about five minutes remaining, said the Sailors displayed a well-balanced attack against the Bulldogs.

The objective now, Wernig said, is for the players to stay in top condition with regionals approaching. The regional playoffs start May 5.

"Right now, we're trying to work on staying in shape because our big games are coming up soon," Wernig said. "This is the time of year where teams get out of shape."

Other Sailors with goals Tuesday were Anya Allen, Andryn Arithson and Kelly Asbury.

Asbury, who played goalkeeper in the first half, scored with 10 minutes remaining in the game on an assist from Len.

Len scored the team's final two goals of the first half.

The Sailors were on top, 7-0, at halftime.

On Saturday, Steamboat defeated Palisade on the road, 7-0.

Masterson and Len had two goals apiece against Palisade and Julie Wernig, Arithson and Allen also scored goals.

Steamboat now faces Battle Mountain at 4 p.m. Thursday at home.

Moffat County coach Eric Johnson said his players were outmatched by the Steamboat players.

"Steamboat's a solid team," Johnson said. "They've got a lot of strengths this year. They work together well as a team.

"I can't pick out one negative about Steamboat right now," he said.


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