Steamboat dominates Delta

— The Steamboat Spring High school girls soccer team is 10-0 in league play this season, the undisputed champion of the Western Slope for the second year and already assured of a home playoff game Saturday.

But those accomplishments did little to soften the words of the team's coaches after Monday's dominating but sloppy performance at Dudley Field.

"Normally we are very possession-oriented, but this game was more of a counter attack style," assistant Danny Tebbenkamp said.

"We would just play slop balls through and run onto it instead of building an attack. We showed one aspect of our game," he said. "We just were not sharp at all. We will take the win, but we were kind of disappointed that we didn't pass the test with flying colors."

Steamboat rolled past the Delta (2-13) in a 7-0 blowout, but the tone in the Sailors post-game wrap up was not one of celebration.

In fact, it was hard to tell which team had won from listening to coaches Rob Bohlmann and Danny Tebbenkamp recap the team's performance.

Tebbenkamp said it wasn't that the coaches were not happy with the win, but that they want to elevate players' expectations this week as the team looks toward making a playoff run.

But thanks in part to sophomore Lindsay Ellis' three first-half goals, the Sailors were in control of Monday's game from start to finish.

"It was my first hat trick," Ellis said after the game. "I don't really go for goals. We play as a team and if it happens, then we just make it happen."

Ellis scored the first goal about 10 minutes into the game. Jessica Dover followed a couple of minutes later with the first of her two first-half goals. Kelly Labor and Casey Garth also added to Steamboat's first half total in the game.

In the second, the Sailors offense worked on controlling the ball and making good runs to goal. Steamboat came close to scoring several times, but never pushed the ball past the Delta keeper.

Ellis and her teammates expect things to get more difficult this week -- beginning with Battle Mountain tonight.

"We are anticipating a much better game and we know that we have to step it up if we want to finish the league undefeated," Ellis said.

It will be the final regular-season home game from seniors Tara Wernig, Lisl Pearson, Melissa White and Sarah Pallotti.

"It could be a big game," Pallotti said.

Steamboat beat Battle Mountain in the teams' first meeting this season. Pallotti thinks the Huskies will be out for payback tonight.

"I think they will tough and may even be a little angry with us," she said.

Senior Melissa White thinks the game will be an important warm up for the Sailors, but thinks that Saturday's playoff game will have more meaning for Steamboat's four senior players.

"We have a guaranteed home game on Saturday," White said. "I think that's when it will sink in that this could be our last time to play here."

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