Building blocks

Bulldog soccer faces Rifle today


They're not using Legos but the Moffat County boys soccer team is taking small steps and using small blocks to turn their season around.

"Essentially, our goal is to improve against each of the teams," coach Jeff Hammond said.

On the schedule next for the Bulldogs is Rifle at 11 a.m. today in Rifle, and the challenge for Moffat County will be there.

"Rifle has played very good games against some teams," Hammond said. "They are a team that has come out of the woodwork."

Hammond has faith in his team, and knows they are capable of flipping the coin in their favor to finish the season.

Hammond also knows in order for that to happen the Bulldogs need to work and work hard.

"Our thing is that the team hasn't quit," Hammond said. "They need to play with heart and stay focused. They have to do the little things right."

With just five games left in the season, playoff hopes for the Bulldogs are dwindling but they're not dead.

"We have to make traps and passes," Hammond said. "If they're done correctly, we do well."

Things recently took a turn for the better for the Bulldogs who played Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs used strong defense and speed to put the Demons on their heels.

"The last two games we've had very good halves," Hammond said. "Again, we need to do the little things right."

One thing the Bulldogs have done right is not giving up quick goals to their opponents.

"We moved the ball around and created scoring opportunities," Hammond said. "We just couldn't capitalize on most of them."

The Bulldogs pushed Glenwood Springs, and gave it a run for its money Tuesday.

The Demons struck first, at 31 minutes in the first half. Fabian Tapia, sent a shot sailing past Moffat County goal keeper, Mike Lefler to put the score at 1-0.

Unlike the last meet, the Bulldogs didn't quit. Getting scored on 3-minutes into the second half, by Ryan Vereoss, Moffat County pushed themselves back into the game.

"One direct kick that Tucker (Bilodeau) shot went off the cross bar," Hammond said.

Bilodeau would finally answer on a second direct kick, knocking it over goalie Tim Cashell's head and watching it ricochet off the left and right post before bouncing in.

The 2-1 score was one of the closer games the Bulldogs have had with Glenwood Springs in the past two seasons, and not just in terms of the score.

Hammond said for one of the first times, the Bulldogs took Glenwood out of its game and forced them to play Moffat County's game.

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