The shots-on-goal were few and far between Thursday in the Moffat County High School/Palisade girls soccer game. But by the time the final three whistles blew, Palisade had the three most important shots with a 3-0 win.
The unofficial count of shots-on-goal was 7-2 in favor of the winning team, but MCHS coach Carla Bamford believed her team had more attacks than what was recorded.
"We had to have had more shots-on-goal than three," she said. "I thought we played good, just sometimes that doesn't result in a win."
Moffat County came into the game with a chance to move ahead of Palisade in the Western Slope Conference standings with a win. Instead, the loss drops them to 2-7 in the conference and improves Palisade to 3-6. MCHS is now in sixth place, ahead of first-year program Cedaredge.
"The girls came in knowing we had a chance to win," Bamford said. "I'm proud of them because the score doesn't always reflect how they play."
The blue and white controlled the ball for most of the first half, but was unable to break through Palisade's back four on defense. Still, the counter from Palisade was no more effective and the teams went into halftime with a scoreless tie.
Five minutes into the half, Palisade's Deserue Corbin broke the tie with a shot past Moffat County's Kelly Howle.
For the next 20 minutes, MCHS tried to get the goal back but pass after pass rolled harmlessly back to Palisade goalie Kelli Given.
With 15 minutes left in the game, Bamford moved up Brittany Rummel from defense to forward to try to produce some more chances on offense. Despite playing most of the season on defense, Rummel leads the Bulldogs with four goals scored. One of those came against Palisade in the first meeting between the teams.
Two minutes after the adjustment, Rummel just missed a free kick as it sailed a foot over the goal post. The attack continued for Moffat County but Palisade countered with a goal with 10
"I just tried something different for the offense," Bamford said. "I don't think I sacrificed anything on defense by doing it."
In the final seconds of the game, Palisade scored another goal as a shot bounced off of a post and past an outstretched Howle.
"The girls still have good attitudes," Bamford said.
"I hope we can keep improving and attacking the remaining games of the season."
The next game for Moffat County is at Glenwood Springs on Saturday.