For four years Kelly Howle has been counted on by the Moffat County High School girls soccer team for her defense in the goal.
On Tuesday afternoon, she provided the team with some offense as she scored the second goal of her high school career with a 45-yard free kick that sailed over the goalie's outstretched arms and into the net
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that was their only score as the Battle Mountain Huskies beat them, 3-1.
"Overall, we played a good game," said coach Carla Bamford," It's just every once in a while we forget about being aggressive and it hurts us."
With a ferocious wind blowing from the south, the team that headed north had the advantage each half. In the first half, the Huskies used the wind to score 12:25 into the game and at 27:50. They also out-shot Moffat County, 9-1, the first
In the second half, the shots were even at five apiece and so were the goals, 1-1. The Bulldogs were on the attack most of the second half and maintained control of the ball on the Huskies' side of the field. MCHS was unable to capitalize on several open shots and, at one point, it appeared they had scored when the Huskies' goalie carried the ball over the goal line but the line judge waved it off.
"We're a second-half team," said Eva La and Stephanie Braselton simultaneously as if it was rehearsed.
"That's the way it's been for us for a long time," La said.
"We didn't think Battle Mountain was going to be very good going into the game," Braselton said. "So they surprised us the first half and we couldn't come back."
Even with a week for spring break, Bamford said she thought most of the team looked crisp.
"We had some good time with the girls who were around over break," she said. "There were a couple of girls who were winded out there but for having a week off, our passing was good."
The Bulldogs won't have much of a chance to regroup with a game Thursday against Glenwood Springs (time still unannounced) and 11 a.m. Saturday against Cedaredge.
"We thought we played a good game against Battle Mountain," La said. "But you should expect even more from us the rest of the week."