Sailors blank Huskies booters
EAGLE-VAIL – The weather Thursday afternoon was not atypical for a Battle Mountain-Steamboat Springs girls soccer game.
The Huskies were more than competitive in the first half against Steamboat, which has won the 3A or 4A Western Slope in each of the last four years, before falling 2-0.
“I was very, very proud of them,” Huskies coach Kate Steffens said. “One of the things that I’ve been watching since I’ve started league play is that at the beginning of the games, we’re kind of on our heels and were watching the progression of the game. They seem as though they’re not sure they can play with other teams. I think they actually believed it today.”
While the Huskies had their chances, Steamboat cashed in on a free kick from Julie Wernig late in the first half. Wernig is a familiar face to local sports fans. She captained Vail’s U-19 girls’ hockey team last winter.
In the second half, Steamboat controlled the tempo. The Sailors’ Jenna Conlin added some insurance with a goal at the 54-minute mark.
“They seemed to just keep pushing down the middle. The middle was very congested,” Steffens said. “We were trying to disperse out to the side. But every time we pushed forward the keeper just kept getting the ball. The grass was so slick that any ball that was pushed forward seemed to be going out of bounds.”
Despite the score, Battle Mountain had several strong performances, including those of forward Z Warren and backliner Keegan Garnsey.
“Both of them were very strong and did very well. They both had to mark very strong individuals and they were very tenacious in doing so,” Steffens said.
The Huskies, 1-3 in the Slope and 1-5 overall, travel to Moffat County on Saturday for an 11 a.m. game.
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