Steamboat nets win over Cedaredge

Sailors score seven goals in Friday's game

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— It would be a wise decision, when attending Steamboat Springs soccer games in the future, to avoid parking behind the goals.

Woodbury Field in Craig, the Sailors temporary home field, is located near a road and a parking lot with goals on either end.

Friday, in Steamboat's 7-0 victory over Cedaredge, a line of cars and SUVs made for a decent ball stopper in the first half, as the Sailors sprayed the Cedaredge goalie and everything around her with shots en route to a 5-0 halftime lead.

Two more goals in the second half secured the shutout win for Steamboat, which moved to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in Western Slope league play.

On Thursday, Steamboat defeated Rifle 6-1.

The season is still young, and the games against talented Front Range schools didn't happen early on, but the Sailors are off to what has the potential to be a very successful season.

"Everyone is doing her part," coach Rob Bohlmann said.

Steamboat demonstrated the offensive balance Friday that has quickly become a trademark of the relatively young squad.

The Sailors outshot the Bruins 50-1, utilizing well-timed runs, excellent spacing and strong passing.

But it took nearly 15 minutes into the first half of Friday's game before one of Steamboat's shots made it into the back of the net. Senior Tracy Lucas scored the first goal, high and right, to give the Sailors the early lead and pave the way for her teammates.

In what unintentionally turned into a game of keep-away, Steamboat dominated possession of the ball in the first half and worked the offense to perfection on several more occasions.

Freshmen Kelly Labor and Jessie Dover and senior Nikki Garth scored the other four first-half goals for Steamboat. Labor and Garth also picked up assists in the first half.

Lucas and Garth both scored their second goals of the game in the second half, while freshmen Ann Barney and Lindsay Ellis picked up assists on Garth's goal.

"(Coach Bohlmann) wants us to stay sharp and work our possessions and move the ball around," Lucas said.

Cedaredge and today's opponent, Palisade, aren't two of the better teams the Sailors will face this year, so Steamboat will continue to focus on what it does well to prevent being lulled into sloppy play.

The high number of goals the Sailors have scored this season -- 32 -- isn't a surprise, Lucas said, because the girls do get along and have experience as teammates on different club teams.

Defeating Rifle 5-1, however, was unexpected, Lucas said, considering the Bears figured to be one of the larger obstacles between Steamboat and the league crown.

Both Lucas and Bohlmann said the team is playing well but no one is content with the current level of performance.

After the string of three games that wraps up today, Bohlmann and the Sailors will evaluate their play and continue to forge ahead.

"Our big motto is the pursuit of excellence," Bohlmann said. "You can always be better."

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