Rain doesn't sink Sailors

Steamboat girls beat Moffat, 4-0

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— The running wasn't over after the final whistle of the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs soccer game Wednesday.

Fans, coaches, referees and players all jogged for cover to escape the freezing rain and cold wind.

"I've seen some bad stuff in my 25 years," Moffat County coach Jim Loughran said. "The second half was some of the worst I've seen."

When the weather was relatively nicer in the first half, a light drizzle, Steamboat did its work.

The Sailors scored three goals in the first 40 minutes and went on to win the rain-soaked game, 4-0.

"The first half, we had decent possession," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "Moffat stayed compact in the middle, so we had to attack from the flanks, and we did that the first half."

The Sailors outshot the Bulldogs, 15-3, in the first half. All three goals came off second-chance shots from deflections.

Jessica Peters created a goal off a deflected shot from 10 yards out to open the scoring at 2 minutes, 58 seconds into the first half.

Ann Barney corralled another deflected shot halfway into the first half and put it past Moffat goalie Heather Brown.

Barney added another goal 35 minutes into the half when her shot bounced into two Bulldog defenders and trickled into the net.

"We had chances to stop all three of those goals," Loughran said. "The ball was bouncing around in there, and we just didn't get to it fast enough."

The Bulldogs played a 4-5-1 formation to focus a majority of their players in the middle of the field. The cluster in the middle helped stop the initial shots from the Sailors but didn't help with the rebound in the first half.

"Our midfielders weren't getting back to get those deflections," Loughran said. "I thought they adjusted to that in the second half."

As the rain and wind started to come down hard in the second half, the game stayed mostly near the midfield.

After 18 shots were sent at goal in the first half, the teams combined for eight shots in the second half.

"It wasn't pretty," Bohlmann said. "We started out well the first 10 minutes (of the second half), and then it got progressively worse. Our girls did their job in the first half."

Loughran liked what he saw from his girls in the second half.

"We've got some tough girls," Loughran said. "They kept fighting, and we made possession more in the second half."

Steamboat's Kelly Labor scored the only goal in the second half 12 minutes in.

The game was Steamboat's first in more than a week. Tuesday was the first time the Sailors were able to practice outside, and that was on an open patch of grass at a park.

Next up for the Sailors, 4-0-1 in the Western Slope League, is Eagle Valley on Saturday. The Bulldogs, 1-3-0, have back-to-back games on the road this weekend with Delta County on Friday and Palisade on Saturday.

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