Though the members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team missed a majority of their first week of school to play in the Alexander Dawson tournament, they've found ways to educate themselves by touring the University of Colorado's campus in Boulder before Friday's game.
Then they gave a couple of Front Range schools an education on the high level of soccer that can be played in the Western Slope.
Through the first two days of the three-day tournament, Steamboat was undefeated, topping Niwot 3-2 Thursday and beating Kent Denver 3-0 Friday.
Steamboat will play in the finals at 11 a.m. today against the winner of Friday's suspended game between Alexander Dawson and Maryland-based Dullis.
Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said he wasn't surprised with his team's positive results, despite the fact that the Alexander Dawson Tournament is the Sailors first action of the 2003 season.
Steamboat's boys soccer program never has won an early season tournament, so this year's team set a goal earlier in the summer to try to end that streak. Bohlmann said the strength of this year's team is clearly its determination and focus.
Thursday, Steamboat was down 2-0 in the second half before scoring three unanswered goals to win the game. On Friday, Steamboat didn't allow Kent Denver much of a chance, winning 3-0.
For the tournament, five Sailors players have scored goals -- Harry Packer, Bjorn Utu, Danny Carlson, Devin Borvansky (2) and Dusty Atkinson.
In addition, Bohlmann said, senior Andy Comeau has played well in goal, particularly considering this is his first year at the position since middle school.
The Alexander Dawson Tourn-ament is the only nonleague act-ion the Sailors will see this season.