Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann said his team had all the disturbing characteristics of a squad playing its first game of the season.
Those faults weren't nearly enough to stop the Sailors on Saturday, as they opened their season with a 5-0 win against Delta.
"It was OK. It was a start," Bohlmann said. "Perseverance is what gave us the success we needed."
Delta deployed an offsides trap to slow Steamboat down, and for much of the first half, it worked.
"We struggled to find a rhythm," Bohlmann said. "We weren't sharp enough or creative enough to play with the problems Delta was creating for us."
The frustrations only slowed the Sailors, however. They didn't stop them.
Mia Quick exploded through the defense twice in the first half to score goals, both times luring the goalkeeper out, then bursting past for easy scores and a 2-0 halftime lead.
"They had an awesome offsides trap, and we kept getting confused," Steamboat's Emi Birch said. "It took us until the beginning of the second half to figure it out."
The Sailors only added to the lead after demystifying Delta's defense.
McKenzie Worden added two goals of her own in the second half, and Kiersten Henry scored once.
Bohlmann said those goals weren't enough to give the team the look of a midseason squad, but they were a welcome response to the offsides trap, which has plagued Steamboat in several consecutive visits to Delta.
The Sailors lost there last season.
"A year ago, we had the same situation, and we didn't find any solutions, any ways to get the ball to the back of the net," Bohlmann said. "The positive is we found a way this time."
Steamboat returns to action Tuesday as it travels to face Eagle Valley.