Moffat County earns dramatic win


Brown made possibly the best save in her short goal-keeping career with the stop of a Demons' penalty kick as time ran down in the second half.

"I was told that the PK was the hardest shot to stop and you just have to guess a way and dive that way," she said.

"I guessed left and the kick went that way and I made the save."

Her stop not only saved a goal but also the game.

She knocked down Heidi Wild's shot, gathered it and then cleared it.

The save happened with two minutes left in the second half.

The game finished regulation in a 1-1 tie and two minutes into the first overtime

Jessica Uecker lofted a shot from at least 30 yards out that sailed over Glenwood's Jessica Boat for the win.

"That save was unbelievably huge," Moffat County coach Lori Smith said. "Saving a PK is a 1 in 100 chance. That save picked us up and gave us the momentum into overtime."

It was momentum the Bulldogs badly needed because Glenwood was starting to control the game toward the end of the second half.

After the save, smiles replaced the look of exhaustion on the faces of Moffat County players.

The Bulldogs are now 2-0 in overtime this year and have tied the school record for wins in a season with three.

Smith credited the team's first win against Glenwood in school history to her players' heart.

"I told them at halftime that nothing was wrong in our technical game," she said. "It was all right here (pointing to her heart)."

Something must have been different because the Bulldogs turned a 5-0 loss against Glenwood the first time around into a 2-1 win the second time.

"We were a different team then, with some different players," Glenwood coach Linda Loman said about the first game.

"But you have to give credit to Moffat because they came out and wanted this one."

Ashleigh Mann scored for the Bulldogs early in the first half and it took Glenwood 32 minutes to answer. The Demons tied it up three minutes before half.

Mann and Uecker have now scored the team's last seven goals.

Smith and Brown hope that the win will carry over into the remainder of the season: A season that the Bulldogs still have a chance to prolong with the playoffs.

"I keep telling them we can play with anybody," Smith said.

"I think this win could do great things for us the rest of the way," added Brown.

The victory improved the Bulldogs to 2-6-0 in Western Slope League play and 3-6 overall. The next game is at Rifle Thursday.

David Pressgrove may be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove

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