A day of firsts for Bulldog girls soccer team

It was a game of firsts for the Moffat County girls soccer team.

The Bulldogs picked up their first official win of the season with a 5-0 domination of Rangely at Woodbury Park on Thursday; they did it wearing their new uniforms for the first time; and three players scored their first goals of the season.

"This was a good one for the girls," coach Jim Loughran said. "You want them to have the feeling of winning and to know how to do it."

The Bulldogs defeated Middle Park 5-0 in a scrimmage earlier in the season, but the win against Rangely goes in the record books.

"It brings a little bit of confidence for us," said senior Lorena Rodriguez. "We still need a little bit of work, but it was good."

Rodriguez and Griselda Quez-ada both scored their first career varsity goals during the first half.

The Bulldogs had four shots on goal during the first four minutes but couldn't finish.

"It seemed like they were too loose," Loughran said about his team early on in the game.

Sophomore Ashleigh Mann broke the scoring drought 4 minutes, 45 seconds into the game. It was Mann's first goal of the season after she led the Bulldogs with seven as a freshman.

Mann scored another goal after Rodriguez scored to make it 3-0. Quezada's score gave the home team a 4-0 lead in the first half.

During the second half, Lough-ran shuffled the regular lineup. Junior Michelle Workman took over as goalie to give sophomore Heather Brown some time on the field.

Nearly all 21 players on the Moffat roster played during the second half. With a predominately JV team, the Bulldogs shut out the Class 2A competitor.

Junior Jessica Uecker earned credit for a goal in the second half when she kicked the ball and it was deflected into the goal by a Rangely defender with 32 minutes remaining.

The Bulldogs return to Western Slope League play the rest of the season. That includes three games next week. The first is on the road Tuesday against Palisade.

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