Soccer team wins first league game


"We weren't screaming or anything like that," freshman Ashleigh Mann said. "It was more like a 'we got it' sort of feeling."

Mann scored in the first half, and sophomore Jessica Uecker added a goal in the second for the Bulldogs' 2-0 win against Delta County. Uecker's goal in the second half was the first time the team had scored after halftime in WSL play. They had lost two of their past three games after leading 1-0 at halftime.

"We talked a lot about keeping up the intensity at half," Uecker said. "We didn't want to lose another like we had."

Delta County also was winless in the WSL going into the game but had played teams in the league closer. In their five losses, Delta County was outscored 3-18 compared with Moffat County's 2-26.

"They are a good team, and they outplayed us in a lot of ways," coach Lori Smith said. "The difference may have been we had more shots and were able to finish."

Smith said the team members had been fighting among themselves in the previous games, and the attitude changed against Delta.

"There was a team attitude that we were going to win," she said. "We played miles above where it has been."

The Bulldogs finished the first time around against WSL teams 1-5. The win against Delta County, combined with close games against Palisade and Rifle, has given the Bulldogs a little swagger for the second time around.

"We've learned that we're beating ourselves and that we have the ability to play with teams," Smith said. "Unlike years' past where there was a big difference between us and the rest of the league, we've caught up a bit more."

The Bulldogs spent practice Friday working on defense to prepare for Steamboat Springs today. The game is scheduled to be played in Steamboat. If the weather doesn't allow it, the game will be moved to Craig. The game time is planned for 11 a.m.

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