Steamboat cruises to 5-0 win |

Steamboat cruises to 5-0 win

Dave Shively

— The trademark Latin dance music of the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team played on after another win Tuesday. After beating Moffat Coun–ty, 5-0, in Craig, the girls briefly celebrated to the tunes blaring from a small boom box before retreating from the dusk’s strong winds into their bus.

The gusts of wind did little to shake the Sailors’ consistent pressure, and they controlled the ball in Moffat’s territory for most of the first half.

“We’ve had a consistent pattern with our focus on good possession soccer. … I thought we put together 70 minutes of consistent soccer, a really good group effort,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said.

The Sailors jumped out to a two-goal lead by the half, with Moffat goalie Heather Brown forced to make a few nice saves to keep her team in the hunt.

“She did great in there,” Moffat coach Jim Loughran said.”But we’re a really young team — we’ve only got four seniors.”

The Sailors, however, relied on their veteran leadership. Senior Kelly Labor’s third goal of the day bounced in off the post, putting Steamboat up, 4-0, late in the second half.

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“They’re a tough, good team, well-coached and fundamental. That Kelly Labor is just a sensational player,” Loughran said.

“We had some really good cracks in the box,” Bohlmann said.

Steamboat’s Haley Gallagher and Betty Sasak cracked a couple of quality shots in, both adding a goal to Labor’s three.

After Saturday’s victory against Eagle Valley, 7-0, in Gypsum, the Sailors record stands at 5-0-1 in league play. Labor had another three-goal effort with two assists during the Eagle Valley game. Ann Barney had a goal and an assist. Sisi Atkinson, Sasak and Kirsten Ryan each scored a goal. Carly Earp and Gallagher added assists.

Steamboat plays Rifle High School at 4 p.m. Thursday in Rifle.