Huskies control 'Dogs in girls soccer

School didn't let out Tuesday until 5:45 p.m. for the Moffat County girls soccer team.

The classroom was Woodbury Field, the teachers were the Battle Mountain Huskies and the class was called Controlled Passing 101. The lesson resulted in a 4-0 Husky win.

"(Battle Mountain) controlled the ball a lot better than us," Moffat senior Amy Casinger said.

"We would stab at the ball, and they would just control it and kick it away."

Moffat County sophomore Shaylyn Kawcak had similar observations.

"(Battle Mountain) showed us how to control and contain the ball," she said. "They passed the ball well."

The loss was Moffat's fourth by four or more goals to a Western Slope Conference opponent, but not all losses have looked the same.

"They're ninth in the state, and they showed why," Moffat coach Jim Loughran said. "But our girls played better than in other games we've lost."

Battle Mountain scored two goals in each half, and each time, the second goal came within three minutes after the first. Other than those six minutes during the game, Moffat looked like a team that could hang with the 11-1 Huskies.

"Two times they got us to break down, and we coul-dn't recover," Lough-ran said. "But we did some good things out there as far as trying create more on offense."

Battle Mountain coach Dave Cope is getting used to his team not winning big but winning with control.

"We haven't won by big scores but we win comfortably," he said, citing the 2-0 win against Eagle Valley on Saturday. "We played 24 girls today, and it worked well that way."

The Huskies are in the top 10 of the state (No. 9 by the Rocky Mountain News), yet they don't have a girl in the top 30 in scoring.

Balanced scoring is the Hus-kies' forte, and that was the case Tuesday.

Kelsey Sanders, Nicole Pen-will, Ali O'Neill and Julia Burnett scored, in that order, for the Hus-kies.

"(A balanced att-ack) is going to help us down the road," Cope said. "We feel good that when someone stops one aspect, we can attack in a number of different ways."

The Bulldogs' attack was limited to five shots on goal during the game.

Moffat goalie Heather Brown kept the game close with eight saves, and twice the Bulldog defense stopped a score by clearing the ball in front of an open goal.

"We didn't play bad," Cas-inger said. "But we just couldn't get things going."

Next, the teams turn around and play again Thursday in the Huskies' domain.

"We have to recover and bounce back," Loughran said. "We'll make a couple of adjustments tomorrow and rest up."

The Bulldogs may be without starting defender Christine Reed, who was injured in the second half.

She was taken to the hospital to have her leg examined.

"It got a little rough out there," Loughran said.

The kickoff Thursday is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Bulldogs, 2-9-1 in the WSL and 3-9-1 overall, will return home Tuesday for the season finale against Eagle Valley.

David Pressgrove can be contacted at 824-7031 or dpress-grove---@craigdaily-press.com.

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