Lori Smith thought her team was in good running shape going into the girls soccer season. She and the team are learning that being able to run sprints in practice isn't all it takes.
"They're getting tired in the game because they're chasing too much," Smith said of the Moffat County High School team. "We're still learning how to play team defense, and we aren't reacting as a team."
The Battle Mountain Huskies shut out the Bulldogs, 5-0, and it could have been worse if the Bulldogs' freshman goalie Heather Brown hadn't made 28 saves just at halftime.
"I really thought Heather had her head in the game," Smith said. "But I still don't think that Battle Mountain was as good as a 5-0 team against us."
The score at halftime was 2-0 in favor of the visitors, and the Bulldogs had started to threaten late in the first half. After giving up two goals in the first 20 minutes, Smith moved sophomore Jessica Uecker from defense to midfield. The Bulldogs barely had pushed the ball past midfield before the change.
"The midfield is our weakness right now because we aren't transitioning from offense to defense well," Smith said. "Jessica helped out there, but I'm not sure if that will be permanent because she is a great defender."
If Moffat County had any momentum going into the second half, it was stopped when Battle Mountain scored in the first 15 seconds.
"That really was the nail in the coffin," Smith said. "Our girls thought the ball was out, and Battle Mountain played it and scored."
Next up for the Bulldogs is a home game at 3 p.m. against Rifle Thursday. Moffat County ended its season last year with a tie against the Bears.
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