Soccer team sums up season

Goal just out of reach, but team much improved

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If the Moffat County girls soccer team summed up its record-breaking season with its final game.

The Bulldogs played Glenwood Springs to a 1-1 tie in the season finale. It was a result that was short of their goal of winning the game, but it was also a result that showed improvement.

The Bulldogs also finished the season short of the goal of reaching the playoffs, but they improved to a school-record five wins.

"Glenwood beat us last time," coach Jim Loughran said. "So to tie them, especially with a one-player disadvantage at the end, was a great way to finish."

Thirty minutes into the second half, Moffat junior defender Catherine Compton collided with Glenwood senior T-Rae Tonozzi. Compton received a red card, which disqualified her from the game and left the Bulldogs with 10 players -- one less than the Demons.

Despite outshooting the Bulldogs 11-1 after the red card, the Demons couldn't find the net.

"I'm really proud of our girls this season," coach Linda Flohr said. "But it's tough not getting the win today."

Earlier in the season, the Demons defeated the Bulldogs, 4-2. Glenwood was also coming off of beating Steamboat Springs, 3-2. It was the first time the Sailors had lost a Western Slope League game in four years.

"I don't think the Steamboat game made us come out flat," Flohr said. "If anything affected us emotionally, is was having T-Rae get hurt."

After the injury, Flohr moved senior stopper Tobie Rippy up to midfield to attack the Bulldog defense.

"We came in here wanting the win," Flohr said. "I moved Tobie up to create more, and we created, but we couldn't find the net."

The Demons found the net early in the game when Rippy made a free kick from 25 yards out that was put in the goal, but offsides was called, and the goal was negated.

"We really thought that was a goal," Flohr said.

The Bulldogs went up 1-0 in the 21st minute, when junior forward Ashleigh Mann found junior Shaylyn Kawcak wide open in the left corner of the box, and Kawcak crossed fields for a goal.

It took the Demons 17 minutes to answer.

In the 38th minute of the first half, Glenwood senior Ali Brown controlled a cross from the left side and put the ball through several Bulldog defenders and past Moffat keeper Heather Brown, a junior.

In the second half, particularly once the Demons got the 11-10 advantage, Glenwood sent a barrage of shots at the Bulldog goal. They missed every way possible: over the goal, to the left and to the right.

The Bulldogs had a goal negated in the 39th minute of the second half, when Mann was caught barely behind the defense on a pass that she kicked into the goal. In the 10 minutes of overtime, neither team could capitalize on their chances.

"To not have two of our best players (seniors Jessica Uecker and Jenna Cook) and then have a one-man disadvantage, I'm proud of how our girls fought," Moffat coach Jim Loughran said. "Glenwood put it on us at the end, and we kept them out of the goal."

Several times, the Bulldogs got a look of what it could be like next year with an all underclassmen lineup.

"We had a chance to get used to what it would be like without (the seniors)," Moffat freshman Michelle Hammond said.

"I'm a believer that it takes three years to build a program," Loughran said. "We saw some real soccer this year."

Going into Thursday's game, Glenwood and Moffat had the same record of 5-8-0 in the Western Slope League. The tie gives Glenwood the overall advantage because of the previous win. The Demons finished the season fifth in the league with a final 5-8-1 record, and the Bulldogs were sixth with the same record in the league and a 5-9-1 overall mark.

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