Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs goalkeeper Kelly Asbury had 13 saves in last Saturday's lacrosse game against Golden, but it just wasn't enough.
In the end, Steamboat needed more offense, more goals and even a couple of more players to keep pace with the top-ranked Golden team. Golden won the contest 18-2.
"We lost a couple of players to injuries late in the week and had to play shorthanded," Sailors coach Riley Polumbus said. "Our girls played well, but not all of them were used to playing the field end to end."
Steamboat forfeited a game earlier in the day for Wheatridge. Polumbus said there was no way the Sailors could play back-to-back games with the number of players they had in Denver.
"We have a lot of injuries that come from practicing inside on the gym floors," Polumbus said. "A lot of our players have shin splints right now."
Polumbus said four players missed last weekend's games because of injury, one player was ill and several others were out of town.
The team wanted to play both games but decided late to forfeit one of the games and play shorthanded (with just 10 players instead of the normal 12) in the other game.
Despite the setbacks, both of which were league contests, Polumbus is optimistic headed into one of the biggest weeks of the season.
On Thursday, the Sailors will host Ralston Valley and Dakota Ridge, two games the coach thinks her team could win.
Ralston Valley's program is new this year and still very young. Polumbus is also looking forward to playing Dakota Ridge a team Steamboat topped in last year's action.
"We should have a full team this week and we should be a lot healthier," Polumbus said. "Our players are excited about this week."
Both of this week's games will be held at the high school and both games will begin at 4 p.m.