Quick goals spell victory

Bulldogs score five in 25 minutes to put away Palisade

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Nothing will break a scoring drought like five goals in 25 minutes. At least that was the case for the Moffat County High School soccer team Saturday at Palisade.

The Bulldogs scored three goals in the last seven minutes of the first half and two more in the first 18 minutes of the second half to earn their first road win in the Western Slope League, 7-2.

"We knew we needed to change some things up after the Battle Mountain game," coach Jeff Hammond said about his team's 2-1 loss Thursday.

"I moved some things around, and it worked well."

Senior stopper Rowan DuBois and senior midfielder Hugo Quezada switched positions. Hammond said it made a difference to have DuBois on the attack.

"He adds an extra weapon," the coach said.

Moffat County scored first when Alberto Olivares corralled goalie Malcom Hillewaert's kick and beat a defender and the goalie. It was Hillewaert's first assist of his career from the goal.

Palisade came back two minutes later to tie the game, but the tie didn't last long. Moffat County senior Dustin White didn't let the tie last too long. He scored two minutes later.

The scored stayed at 2-1 most of the second half until in the final seven minutes.

The blue and white Bulldogs broke out the scoring kicks. They scored a season-record three goals in seven minutes.

"Palisade fell apart after we put those goals in at the end of the half," Hammond said.

After the two other goals in the second half a majority of the MoCo JV team hopped on the field.

"Our accuracy was a lot better this game," Hammond said. "Our offense is looking good."

The visitors took 22 shots in the game with 14 of them on goal. Juan Valencia-Lopez scored twice and Pepe Loya-Mendoza, Rowan DuBois and Jake Hillewaert added goals.

"This was a good win for us because of the way we came back after Battle Mountain," Hammond said. "We're getting better every week."

The Bulldogs are 3-2 in the league and have until Saturday for their next game.

The home match against Glenwood Springs will be a chance to see just how much they have improved.

The Demons took a 2-1 victory from Moffat County in the league opener.

Western Slope League standings

League Overall

BATTLE MOUNTAIN 6-0-0 7-0-0

GLENWOOD SPRINGS 2-1-1 3-1-1

MOFFAT COUNTY 3-2-0 4-3-0 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS 2-2-0 2-3-0

RIFLE 1-2-1 2-3-1

EAGLE VALLEY 0-3-0 0-4-0

PALISADE 0-4-0 0-4-0

David Pressgrove can be reached at 970-824-7031 x211 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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