Members of the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team passed the ball and moved their feet to the rhythmic beats of the Latin music blaring through the loudspeakers.
After opening the season with a loss and a tie, the Sailors have tossed aside three-straight opponents.
The spirits during Thurs-day's practice reflected the music -- upbeat.
"In the first two games, we hadn't gotten things together," senior Casey Garth said. "Our touch was not there at all. In the Palisade game, things started coming together."
Steamboat, whose only exposure to soccer fields this season has been during out-of-town scrimmages or games, outscored its past three opponents -- Glenwood Springs, Delta and Palisade -- by a margin of 24-3.
Steamboat (3-1-1 overall, 3-0-1 in league) defeated Glenwood Springs, 7-1, on March 21 in Edwards. The game was at a neutral location because of weather. Kelly Labor scored three goals. Carly Earp, Ann Barney, Jessica Peters and Jessy Dover each scored a goal. Barney, Dover, Sisi Atkinson and Kirsten Ryan also had assists.
The offensive proficiency continued during the weekend. Steamboat beat Delta, 9-3, on Friday and defeated Palisade, 8-0, on Saturday on the road. The weather was perfect for both games, the first for the Sailors on grass fields.
Their previous three games had been on field turf.
"Going from the gym to turf isn't as tough," Garth said. "Going from the gym to grass is harder because of the uneven ground. It's a lot slower."
Garth netted a goal in the win against Delta, as did Peters and Lauren Letson. Labor and Ryan each scored three goals against the Panthers. Assists were not kept.
Against Palisade, Labor scored four goals. Atkinson, Barney and Miranda Schrock also scored goals. Atkinson had two assists, and Ryan had one.
The balanced attack is what coach Rob Bohlmann is looking for. Atkinson said the important thing for each player to remember is to not force shots or passes.
"Every person is supposed to be making runs to get open for our teammates," she added.
Weather has changed the schedule and will continue to do so. Steamboat is supposed to host Rifle at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but that game likely will be moved to Craig. Steamboat plays Moffat County in a make-up game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Craig.
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