Sailors shooting for big win

Steamboat plays host to Battle Mountain today

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— After posting six consecutive shutouts, the Steamboat Springs soccer team hopes to keep the streak alive against the Battle Mountain Huskies today.

The Sailors, who are outscoring opponents 40-3 this season, play host to the Huskies at 4 p.m. today at the high school football field.

The Sailors have defeated six straight league foes, which has vaulted them into the first-place spot in the 4A Western Slope League with a 6-0 record.

They are 8-1-1 overall.

Although the Sailors' defense has been nearly unbreakable, the offense also has put up big numbers this season.

Steamboat averages four goals per game through 10 games and 5.5 goals in its first six league contests.

"Pretty much our whole focus has been on getting quality shots off and scoring," said Liz Masterson, who netted a pair of goals in a recent game against Palisade.

Julie Wernig, who scored one of Steamboat's 10 goals against Moffat County Tuesday, said the team will shoot for another big win against Battle Mountain.

"Our idea of clinching the league is scoring shutouts every game," Wernig said.

Today's game against Battle Mountain will be a rematch from an April 3 contest in Avon. Steamboat topped Battle Mountain, 2-0.

Sailors coach Jim Dudley says his players shouldn't underestimate the Huskies this time around. Battle Mountain is coming off a 1-0 victory over Palisade.

The Sailors enter the game ranked No. 8 in the state 4A Class.

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