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Sailor shooters dominate ‘Dogs, 9-0

The Sailors ripped six first-half goals past Bulldog goalkeeper Cammi Hillewart en route to a 9-0 win Tuesday night at the Steamboat Springs High School.

The Sailors improved their record to 4-1 in conference play against the young team from Moffat County. The Sailors are now 8-4 for the season and in second place behind Rifle (2-0) in the Western Slope Conference.

Moffat County is still looking for its first conference win of the season and is in last place behind Glenwood Springs.



Despite the teams’ placement in the standings, the Sailors came out strong in the opening minutes of the contest.

“We came out with a lot of intensity,” Steamboat’s Jessica Johnson said. “We can’t take anybody in our conference lightly. If you take anybody lightly then they will beat you.”



Liz Masterson recorded the first score, beating Hillewart with a bullet from about 20 yards out with 35 minutes left to play in the first half.

Sailor Jessica Fritz added to the home team’s lead less than five minutes later. She drove the ball down the left side of the field and, from a tough angle, placed the ball into the back of the net.

Just a few minutes later, Jill Wernig scored on a corner kick. Fritz put the ball in front of the net and Wernig did the rest.

The Sailors’ next goal came with 12:13 left to play in the half. Anya Allen scored after getting an assist from Andrea Lynn.

Masterson got her second goal of the half with 2:52 left to play and Nikki Garth got the final score at 2:20. Jill Wernig had the assist.

The Moffat County Bulldogs fired just one shot on goal in the first half and had three shots on goal for the game.

“Every time we play Steamboat boys or girls it’s a mental game,” Moffat County coach Eric Johnson said. “In the first half, we come out cautious — not to lose instead of to win. In the second half, once the damage has been done, then they are more loose and more relaxed.”

Moffat County started to control the ball a little more in the second half, but never really had a scoring opportunity.

The Sailors got scores from Masterson, Julie Wernig and Lynn to put the game away.

Garth also had an assist.
The Sailors will take on the conference-leading Rifle Bears on Thursday. That game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Gardner Field.

“You go into every game planning to win,” Sailors head coach Jim Dudley said.

He added that Steamboat can’t take any conference game too lightly. He feels that intensity was a key factor in the loss earlier this month to Rifle.

Dudley said Rifle is a dangerous team that uses emotion to propel their squad to victory.

“The longer Rifle stays in the game the more likely they are to beat you,” Dudley said. “We have to come out and jump on them right away and take them out of the game.”

Moffat County will play Roaring Fork on Thursday night in Craig and the team will face Glenwood on Saturday in Glenwood.

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net


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