Bulldogs sprint to the end, make final game close

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The Moffat County High School varsity soccer team played its best game of the year and its last Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park against the Rifle Bears.

The Bears scored the lone goal of the game at the 65-minute mark when Bryan Clemons found the back of the net to settle for a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs.

Rifle finished the regular season with a 4-2 conference mark and MCHS ended the year at 1-13 overall and 0-6 in league play.

"It was a a beautiful game," said Bulldogs coach Eric Johnson. "I knew that this team was capable of playing like that all year. We have a strong senior and freshmen base. We just worked well as a team today. Last time we played Rifle we lost 12-1 and in my mind we won this game. I couldn't be happier."

Meanwhile, Rifle coach Tom Taucher made some adjustments at halftime by changed the lineup, and it worked.

"The guys were a little flat in the first half and in the second half we switched some guys around and got more energy in our middle field and it worked," said Taucher. "For Moffat County not having much to play for they played hard and it was a good game. We are ready for the playoffs to start and we are excited."

Bulldogs senior captain Robert Bamford said the team did the things players were asked to do, and they just came up on the short end.

"In today's game we knew what we had to do," said Bamford. "We had to pass. We had to talk and be aggressive.

"We went out and did all those things and unfortunately we didn't come out ahead. I have loved playing here and I will miss it a lot."

Johnson praised Bulldogs goalie Brandon Duarte, a freshmen, for keeping the score close.

"Brandon stepped up today and he played really well," said Johnson. "He played a real strong game. He is coming on strong and we look forward to having him the next three years. He has a lot of room to grow."

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