Soccer team dominates league

Sailors pummel competition 52-1


— Fifty-one.

That is how many goals the Sailors outscored their league opponents by this season.

On Thursday, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team wrapped up its league schedule by defeating the Rifle Bears, 6-0, at Dudley Field.

The Sailors racked up a 10-0 record in the Western Slope League by pummeling their competition 52-1.

"I would be hard pressed to find anybody that's ever dominated the rest of the league like these kids did," said Sailors coach Jim Dudley.

Steamboat manhandled Rifle, tallying three scores in both halves to hand the Bears their second straight loss.

The highlight of the game may have been a wobbly line-drive kick by Nikki Garth that found the back of the net at the 39-minute mark.

Garth's 40-yard shot curved past the outstretched hands of Bears' goalkeeper Pam Schieldt to put the Sailors on top, 3-0.

At about the 15-minute mark, Liz Masterson weaved through two defenders before missing off the upper right corner of the goal post.

Jessica Johnson was there for the follow-through, as she chipped the ball into the net to give the Sailors a 1-0 edge.

Masterson then had another shot ricochet off the post, before firing in a goal with three minutes remaining.

Masterson's score put the Sailors ahead, 2-0.

Though the Sailors allowed only one goal in 10 league games, outside defender Abby Fritz was disappointed the team could not string together a perfect shutout, she said.

"Everyone was like, 'Don't worry about it,'" Fritz said. "But that was our goal.

"I just think we're proud to say it's a dominant defense," Fritz said. "I'm really satisfied with that."

Sailors who had goals in the second half were Julie Wernig, Masterson and Johnson.

Masterson got the assist to Wernig around the 42-minute mark.

The Sailors posted a 2-0 record this season against the Bears, who beat them out for last year's Western Slope title.

"We've been playing well as a team and we're really excited that we shut down Rifle," said Andryn Arithson, Sailors midfielder and forward.

The Sailors junior varsity captured a 5-0 win over the Bears that also marked their final league game. They are 8-1 on the year.


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