Steamboat mauls Rifle
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Steamboat Springs goalie Kirsten Ryan knows exactly how Rifle goalie Kadie LaRocque feels.Ryan is in charge of defending her net against a potent Sailors attack- and thats just in practice. It must be a nightmare to have to try and stop Steamboat in games when it counts.The Sailors remained unbeaten in league play with a 5-1 win on Tuesday against the Bears, drilling shot after shot at LaRocque and forcing the freshman to move all over the box.Sometimes LaRocque got her save. Sometimes she did not.Last year we werent able to get out on the field until the end of the season, Ryan said. Its hard to finish in a gymI definitely think we are doing awesome, but we have a lot we can improve on.Steamboat wasnt overly pleased with the way it played in Glenwood Springs on March 30, despite picking up a win. The Sailors did not open Tuesdays came well either and avoided falling in an early hole when early Rifle shot attempts went wide or were stopped by Ryan.Steamboat didnt appear focused until the mid-way point of the first half when sophmore Haley Gallagher scored on a header off a pass from sophomore Jessica Dover.It took a while for us to settle in, Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said. We played with no sense of urgency.And then Gallagher, Dover and sophomore Kelly Labor took over on the offensive end.After Dover came up empty on several strong runs at the net, she scored the first of her two goals at the 13:09 mark off a centering pass from Labor.The trio of Dover, Gallagher and Labor teamed up again at the 8:15 mark when Dover passed off to Gallagher from the left sideline. Gallagher took the ball into the box and dropped a short pass to Labor, giving up a good shot for a great one.Steamboats 20-minute offensive clinic wound down with 3:08 left in the half when Labor and Dover connected again for the third goal of the game.Dover was brilliant in the first half, Bohlmann said. She and Haley were really working well together.The Sailors came out in the second half and switched up positions to score their final goal at the 24:54 mark. Junior Lindsay Ellis took a run behind the defense and waited for the defense and LaRocque to commit one way before dishing off to senior Melissa White for the easy score.Sophomore Kelly Mugford scored the Bears lone goal off a corner kick with 12:15 left on the clock. Teammate Tess Flanagan, a freshman, was credited with the assist, as underclassmen from both teams were able to show off their skills on Tuesday.A lot of our key players are freshman or sophomores, Rifle coach Tom Taucher said. They are learning to playWe get caught ball watching and they would make a nice run and wed lose our mark. We need to encompass the whole play.With the win, Steamboat improves to 5-1 this season and 5-0 in league play
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.