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Steamboat's girls soccer team scores 6-0 win over Fort Morgan

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— If Kelly Asbury the Steamboat Sailors soccer team's starting goalie in Saturday's regional playoff game against Fort Morgan had some homework to do over the weekend, she should have brought it to the game.

Asbury had only one touch in the Sailors dominating 6-0 victory at Dudley Field, where the team controlled nearly every aspect of the game.

Just a few minutes into the game, Andrea Len took a center pass and scored the first goal. Then, about five minutes later, Lia Utu kicked a sweet ball high above defenders from mid-field and down just below the top post of the goal for the Sailors' second score.

From then, the Sailors looked confident and stayed in the driver's seat the rest of the game.

Occasionally, Fort Morgan would get a ball on Steamboat's side of the field, but the home-field defenders quickly extinguished any chance of those balls getting even close to the goal.

"I don't even know if they had a shot on goal," coach Jim Dudley said.

The Sailors finished the first half with one more goal, which came from the foot of Len again after she received a sweet pass from Anya Allen.

Steamboat added three more in the second half, from Liz Masterson, Jill Wernig and Jessica Johnson.

Fort Morgan's coach, Jeff Walters, who was coaching his team hard until the final whistle blew, said he was expecting a tough game from the Western Slope champion Sailors. This was the first year Fort Morgan's soccer program, which is in its fourth year, has gone to the playoffs and Walters said the experience was a success.

"We set a goal at the beginning of the year to make it to the playoffs and we did," he said. "We did pretty well."

Dudley said a victory was expected against the 5-5-2 Fort Morgan team.

"That was our plan. We're first in our league and we had to play like this," he said.

Wernig, a senior leader for the Sailors, said she was actually a little intimidated by the Fort Morgan team while preparing for the game.

"I didn't think we'd beat them by this much," she said. "In this league, anyone can take you at anytime."

When Wernig was a freshman soccer player for the Sailors' varsity team three years ago, the team won the state championship. She said Saturday's game resulted in the same feeling of camaraderie that she said was an important element of the championship team.

"For the last few years, we haven't really had that," she admitted. "This year, it's coming together."

The Sailors will find out Tuesday morning when and where their next game is.

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