One for the books

Soccer team sets two records in 6-1 win

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It was a game of firsts for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team.

In the Bulldogs' 6-1 dominance of Grand Junction Central it was, of course, the team's first win of the year.

Dig a little deeper, and the record books show it was the team's first win in its 13-year historyagainst a Class 5A school.

One more stat for the history books: It was the first time a varsity Bulldog team had won a game by more than four goals.

"We had some beautiful passes from the midfield to the strikers," coach Jeff Hammond said. "But you could tell the Central team was down in numbers and experience, and we could do a lot of things that we can't against our conference teams."

Both teams have defenses that rely heavily on an offside trap to counter offensive attacks.

The offside trap is when defenders stay up field in order to get an opposing player to step in front of them before the ball is passed.

If an offensive player is in front of the defense before the ball is passed, offsides is called and the offense turns over the ball.

The trap worked for both teams in the first half and 13 penalties were called.

The difference in the game was the Bulldogs' ability to convert the chances once they got past the trap.

"We had our chances with open looks early in the game and didn't capitalize," Central coach Mike Fromang said. "They were able to get the early goals and it set the tone early."

The Warriors had 12 shots on goal in the first half to the Bulldogs' six. As Fromang said, the difference was that four of Moffat County's shots went into the net; the Warriors only converted once.

"After having too many near-makes in Glenwood it was good to get the balls in the goal," Moffat coach Jeff Hammond said. "We really worked on keeping the ball low in practice."

The first Bulldog to keep the ball low was senior Juan Valencia. He made a run through the defense, picked up a lob pass from a midfielder and used two touches to put the ball past the goalie.

Twelve minutes later senior Dustin White outran the defense and put it past the goalie after another nice pass from the midfield.

Central scored right after the kickoff to bring the game within one.

"We struggled a bit still at times with our defense adjusting," Hammond said. "Their communication broke down on the goal."

Three minutes later junior Pepe Loya broke through the trapping defense to open the lead back up to two, 3-1.

Miguel Martinez completely fooled the Warrior keeper in the 30th minute, when he used the side of his foot to score on a penalty kick.

The PK was awarded for a tackle in the goalie box.

White and Martinez added goals in the second half for the Bulldogs' largest margin of victory ever.

"We played well as a team today," senior Rowan DuBois said. "We knew we were capable of playing like this we just didn't know when."

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