Steamboat Springs senior Gracie Whelihan, left, and sophomore Kelbi Rogers steal the ball from Moffat County freshman Delaney Baker on Friday at Woodbury Sports Complex in Craig. The Sailors cruised to a 5-0 victory and a season sweep of the Bulldogs.

Joshua Gordon / Craig Daily Press

Steamboat Springs senior Gracie Whelihan, left, and sophomore Kelbi Rogers steal the ball from Moffat County freshman Delaney Baker on Friday at Woodbury Sports Complex in Craig. The Sailors cruised to a 5-0 victory and a season sweep of the Bulldogs.

Steamboat girls soccer shuts out rival Moffat County

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team jumped out to an early lead Friday against the rival Moffat County Bulldogs and never looked back. The Sailors defense suffocated the Bulldogs offense in a 5-0 victory, completing the season sweep.

Steamboat head coach Rob Bohlmann said there wasn’t one area of the Sailors' play that won the game but rather the team as a whole.

“It was more of a bigger-picture type of win for us,” he said. “There was no specific area better than the others. We had a pretty good defensive effort, and our forwards built off that.”

Steamboat (6-1 overall, 3-1 in the Western Slope League) scored three goals in the first 22 minutes of the first half, the first by sophomore Alice Holmquist and the next two by senior Sydney Bauknecht.

The Bulldogs (0-6 overall, 0-4 Western Slope League) controlled the ball much of the second half, but couldn’t overcome the 3-0 hole at Woodbury Sports Complex in Craig.

Bohlmann said his team played inconsistent ball in the first half but had enough individual moments to overcome it.

“Our cohesiveness as a group and engagement off the ball is where we struggled,” he said. “We played a little flat and didn’t take care of the little details and weren’t as sharp as we should have been. But, Alice held down the midright field and helped set up our first couple of goals.”

In the second half, Steamboat sophomore Kelbi Rogers scored a goal in the opening minute, and sophomore Alexis Len scored on a breakaway with less than 10 minutes to go.

Moffat County head coach Harry Tripp said the refs let a lot of things go in the game.

“There was a lot of pushing and shoving, and it takes its toll on the girls,” Tripp said. “That is not the way we play, we don’t go through someone. And when we got upset, we didn’t play good.”

The loss was the second in as many days for the Bulldogs. Tripp said fatigue got the best of his team in the second half.

“We had a tough battle (Thursday), and then we had to come back and play another good team" Friday, he said. “I think our forwards had tired legs after getting about 20 shots against Battle Mountain, and we didn’t have the depth coming off the bench we usually have because of injuries.

“Overall, we did good, but we have some things we need to keep pressing on.”

The Sailors play at 11 a.m. Saturday in Delta while the Bulldogs are off until April 10, when they host Palisade.

Game statistics

Steamboat 5, Moffat County 0

■ Score by halves

Steamboat Springs 3 - 2 — 5

Moffat County 0 - 0 — 0

■ Steamboat scoring leaders

Sydney Bauknecht 2 goals, 0 assists

Alice Holmquist 1 goal, 1 assist

Kelbi Rogers 1 goal, 0 assists

Alexis Len 1 goal, 0 assists

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