A new formation gave the Moffat County girls soccer team a boost, but it wasn't enough against the Glenwood Springs Demons on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs scored more than once for only the second time in seven Western Slope League games with their new 6-4 formation, but three second-half goals by Glenwood gave the Demons a 4-2 win.
"The girls came to me with some suggestions (for a new formation), and I listened," Moffat County coach Jim Loughran said. "They know what they're talking about, and, although we didn't have much time to work on our new offense, it was better today."
The Demons broke through in first 16 minutes into the first half with a goal from Carly Stillman.
"We came out right away with some aggressiveness," Glenwood coach Lin-da Loman said. "It can be hard to get off the bus and get the legs moving, but that early goal helped."
Both teams use an offside trap on defense and it kept the game in the middle of the field for most of the half. Glenwood broke through the trap for nine shots on goal, but Moffat goalie Heather Brown had six consecutive stops after Stillman's goal.
Moffat's chances were few, but they were close.
Ashleigh Mann had a shot hit the right post, and Jessica Uecker had one sail inches over the goal late in the first half.
The Bulldogs found a way to score in the 30th minute when Michelle Workman's corner kick bounced around in front of Glenwood's goal like a pinball before getting tapped in by Mann.
Glenwood struck again early in the second half, when Ayla Dobbs found the net in the seventh minute. Four minutes later, a Glenwood player was tripped in the goalie box to set up a penalty kick for the Demons.
Brown guessed right on Jacquie Romero's penalty kick and blocked it, but it had too much speed and glanced off her hands. Romero's kick bounced into the net to give the Demons a 3-1 lead.
"After our first goal, we had a lot of momentum," Brown said. "I don't know what happened the second half."
Uecker brought the Bulldogs within one goal by lofting a free kick from 10 feet beyond the goalie box over Glenwood keeper Kelsie Hert in the 26th minute.
"It seemed like after we scored early we would have a letdown," Loman said. "But we did what we needed to do to pick up a tough win on the road."
Stillman added her second goal of the game with a header in the 38th minute to secure the win for the Demons.
The Bulldogs have less than 24 hours to reflect on their loss, because Palisade is in town at 4 p.m. today.
After nearly knocking off a Glenwood team that beat them 6-0 the first time around, the Moffat players were upbeat about their chances today.
"If we keep the same energy level as (Thursday), we'll have a fighting chance (today)," Maggie Blackstun said.
"We need to come out with the same intensity as today against Palisade," Brown said. "We have a thing against Palisade; the last time we played them, it wasn't pretty. We really need another win."
The game is at 4 p.m. today on the Woodbury Fields.
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