Steamboat Springs The members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team put on an offensive show Thursday night in the team's final regular season home game.
Steamboat exploded for six goals in the first half as the squad rolled over the Moffat County Bulldogs 8-2.
"This was a huge game for us after losing to Glenwood," Steamboat junior Mike Holland said. "I think we are feeling pretty good right now."
The Sailors took control of Thursday's game early when Jason Sirois, who finished the game with three goals, made a break on goal and finished it by hammering the ball past Bulldogs goalkeeper C.J. Brown just three minutes into the game. A few minutes later, Sailor Zach Klohr added to the Steamboat lead with another unassisted goal with 34 minutes remaining in the half.
Mike Rinn opened the floodgates after that with two goals. Todd Bell got the assist on the first, which came at 24 minutes. Klohr helped out with the other one at 16:19.
Rinn teamed up with Sirois on the next Steamboat goal at 11:21 to give the Sailors a 5-0 lead.
Then, with just five minutes left in the half, Holland placed a perfect crossing pass and Harry Packer was able to head it past Brown for the sixth goal of the game.
"It was the goal of the game," Sailors assistant coach John Cardillo said. "It may have been the prettiest goal this season."
Holland said the Moffat County defense gave him plenty of room as he made his way up the far sideline and he made the most of it.
"I saw his (Packer's) hand go up," Holland said. "So I just put it in there. It was a wicked goal."
Packer and Holland have attempted the shot several times this season, but just missed hooking up. This time, however, every thing connected.
"It was my first goal this season and it was sweet," Packer said.
Moffat County was able to build an attack in the second half, which resulted in two goals by Brad Hurd early in the period. The first was unassisted at 29:41 and Charlie Gottschall assisted the second that came at 24:45.
"I was real pleased with the way our team played in the second half," Moffat County coach Tom St. Louis said. "Steamboat gave us some respect and that is important. They have an excellent team and I hope they make a run at a state title this year."
After the Bulldogs' goals, the Sailors quickly closed the door with goals by Sirois and Chris Gibson. Gunnar Sorensen provided the assist on the last score.
"We experimented with the lineup a little bit and it really seemed to work," Cardillo said.