Battle Mountain proved to be too much for the Moffat County soccer team Saturday.
The Huskies kept the Bull-dogs scoreless for the first time this season in a 4-0 win.
"We had a couple of goals called back, and we had several really close chances," Moffat coach Jeff Hammond said. "But as they say, 'Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.'"
The Huskies showed why they are the early favorites to win the Western Slope League. Edgar Hernandez had a hat trick, scoring the first three goals. His second and third goals were within two minutes of each other at the start of the second half.
"They really took it to us the first 10 minutes of the second half," Hammond said.
The game concluded a tough road trip in which the Bulldogs were outscored 8-1 in games against Class 5A Fruita Monument and undefeated Battle Mountain.
"It was a tough stretch for us," Hammond said. "We play-ed two quality teams on the road back to back. Hopefully we learned from these games."
Today the Bulldogs will complete their first time through the WSL with a game at rival Steamboat Springs. The Sailors are 1-2-1.
"It's always a good game with Steamboat," the coach said. "It will be nice to get our massive road trip out of the way."
The Bulldogs played five of six WSL games on the road. The second time to see all the teams they'll play on the road only once, against Palisade.
They currently sit in fourth in the league, which is where they finished last year and were able to move on into the playoffs.
The game today will be a late start, with the JV game starting first at 4 p.m. and varsity at 5:45.