Steamboat’s Kelbi Rogers battles a Moffat County defender for possession of the ball in the first half of Tuesday afternoon’s game in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat’s Kelbi Rogers battles a Moffat County defender for possession of the ball in the first half of Tuesday afternoon’s game in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat girls soccer downs Moffat, 4-0

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— The architect and blueprint remain the same, but for the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team, it’s all about the process — the process of assessing talent and coming together. 

After Tuesday’s season-opening, 4-0 win against Moffat County, it’s now the process of getting better. 

“It’s just a function of where we are,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “The organization and synergy just takes time. All things considered, it was good.”

The U.S. Highway 40 rivals, with each team spending only a few days outside and being relegated to a gym, made it look like an early season tilt. 

Each squad was relatively sloppy through the first 40 minutes. 

Steamboat was sharper, however, an obvious nod to its possession-oriented attack. 

The Sailors opened the scoring in the sixth minute when senior Sydney Bauknecht took a cross from Alice Holmquist and put it away for a 1-0 lead. 

Then in the 14th minute, Meghan Rabbitt scored on a direct kick just outside the right penalty box to give Steamboat a 2-0 lead. 

“We passed well, but we could have slowed it down more,” Bauknecht said. “We could have had more ways to attack, but overall, for our first game, it was good.” 

Sophomore Tatum Sear added a pair of goals in the 58th and 59th minutes to wrap up the scoring. 

Skylar Tripp in goal for the Bulldogs made repeated saves in the second half and kept the game from getting away. 

Moffat, which fell to 0-3 on Tuesday, struggled with the speed of Gardner Field and never could get anything going offensively. 

“I think they were nervous because it’s Steamboat,” Moffat coach Harry Tripp said. “We strive to beat them every year. That’s our No. 1 goal. I think they were just nervous.”

Moffat next plays at 4 p.m. Monday at home against Glenwood Springs. 

“We’re getting all the tough teams right away,” Harry Tripp said. 

Steamboat (1-0), should get a better idea of where it stands when the team plays in a three-day tournament starting Thursday at Colorado Academy. 

The team opens up at 2 p.m. against Vail Mountain School. 

“This is a great opportunity for us,” Bohlmann said. “We’ll be on and off the field for three days. We’re really looking forward to it.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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