Soccer team stumbles against Roaring Fork

It's not Kelly Howle is opposing her coach it's she doesn't agree with him.

The junior keeper for the Lady 'Dogs soccer team said her play fell in line with the rest of her team while coach Tom St. Louis said she was one of the only players to shine in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Roaring Fork Rams.

With multitude of saves against the Rams St. Louis was impress with her performance on what he described as an "off-day" for the once improving Lady 'Dogs.

Howle disagreed, commenting she fell in line with the rest of the team's low play.

"I think I was as flat as the rest of the team," she said. "But showing up at 3 p.m. and not playing until 5 p.m. is one of the main reasons why we were so off."

Through a scheduling error the Lady 'Dogs (1-8) showed up two-hours early for the game and spent the time practicing. The time difference created a mental lull that the Lady 'Dogs never pulled themselves out of, Howle said.

"We ran around for two hours before the game and weren't sharp when we got into it." she said.

The uninspired play of Moffat County gave the Rams (1-6) the opportunity to slip one goal past Howle in the final three minutes of the first half and follow up with three more in the second half.

The drop in play was distressful to St. Louis who has watched his girls progress in every game of the season except Tuesday's.

"We were flat and Roaring Fork was a team we could have played with," he said.

"I'm not sure why we played like we did but we played with no hunger. That's hard to take when I've watched these

girls come so far up to this point."

The Lady 'Dogs won't have an easy game to rebound from their off play at Roaring Fork as they face the Class 3A Western Slope Conference leading Eagle Valley Lady Devils (6-2).

The Lady Devils have yet to loss in conference and their loss comes at the hands of Class 4A Rifle and No. 7 ranked Class 3A Basalt.

The two teams Eagle Valley has lost to are two teams Moffat County has played and judging by outcome of the common games St. Louis believes his Lady 'Dogs will match up well against the Lady Devils.

"I know they're doing well in their league but I think we can compete with them, just judging from the scores against Rifle and Basalt," he said. "But it's all going to depend on which Lady 'Dogs come to plays. If it's the team I saw Saturday against Battle Mountain we'll do good, if it the one I saw Tuesday against Roaring Fork than it's going to be a long day."

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