Craig Although snow started to fall after the game, the Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team heated up the field early on against the Moffat County Bulldogs Thursday.
With five goals in the first half, including two by Andrea Len, the Sailors paved the way to a 7-0 victory at the Doghouse.
They controlled the tempo of the game from start to finish and pressed the action onto the Bulldogs' end of the field for much of the contest.
"We did really, really well pushing it to the goal toward the beginning," said Maggie McElhinney, Sailors outside defender. "Then, we slowed it down and tried some different offensive techniques."
McElhinney was just one of the driving forces behind the Sailors' defense team, which joined with the goalkeepers to produce the shutout. Abby Fritz, an outside defender, also helped anchor Steamboat to its fourth victory of the season.
Kelly Asbury and Jannike Combs each played one half as keeper. Fritz, a sophomore, said the Sailors are continuing to improve as the season goes on.
"We've just been communicating so much better," Fritz said. "We just need to practice our techniques. I think we pushed it pretty good today."
The Sailors, who are 4-1-1, piled on five goals in the first half behind Len, who scored goals on assists from Anya Allen and Bernadette Norman.
Julie Wernig, Jessica Johnson and Liz Masterson scored the other first-half goals. Tess Hottenroth dished an assist to Masterson for the third goal.
In the second half, Jessica Fritz connected on a shot after an assist from Johnson. Wernig, who scored the Sailors' first goal, also knocked in the last goal on an assist from Masterson.
Though the Sailors had their way against their opponent, coach Jim Dudley said the Moffat players put up a tough fight.
"They're real young and we're fortunate to be blessed with some good athletes," Dudley said. "They kept playing, they never quit and they never backed off."
Steamboat faces Rifle at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rifle.