The Steamboat Springs junior varsity girls soccer team took the next step in its progression toward the varsity level, coach Rick Garth said.
The Sailors finished 8-2 overall, with the only two losses coming to league foe Battle Mountain.
"What I noticed, technically, they improved modestly," Garth said. "Tactically, they picked up things really well. A lot of times, if winning is so back burner to fun, kids don't play with drive and desire. This group did play with drive and desire."
Garth, who has been involved in soccer in Steamboat Springs for years, assumed coaching duties late, but said he enjoyed working with the freshmen and sophomores he had. It was a group Garth had not worked with before for any extended period of time.
"There's a level of newness and excitement that made it a lot of fun," he said. "They were a high-energy group."
Garth said the team didn't have any glaring weaknesses, which bodes well for the future. There are nearly 20 girls returning next year with varsity experience. Many JV players practiced or even played with the varsity when their JV season wrapped up in early May.
"We defended well and had some outstanding attacking play from our defenders and some great goal scoring from our forwards," Garth said. "I would call it a well-balanced team."