It's been a trying season for the Moffat County Bulldog soccer team, and Tuesday didn't get any better.
The Bulldogs played Palisade and failed to play with the same togetherness they had against Eagle Valley on Saturday.
"The whole game, we weren't playing to our ability," sophomore Ian Forgay said.
Palisade junior forward Adam Thesing scored five goals on Moffat goalkeeper Mike Lefler.
"The guy knew every way the ball would bounce," junior defender Tucker Bilodeau said.
Bilodeau said that Palisade's goalkeeper would kick the ball far down field and Thesing would always be right there.
Moffat County drew first blood however, on a penalty kick by Oscar Ramos at 14 minutes into the game.
Thesing started his hat trick and then some 14 minutes later when he put his first goal past Lefler at 28 minutes.
Two minutes later, he did it again, rifling another shot past Lefler at 30:00.
At 36:00, Thesing struck for the final time in the first half, scoring his third goal in a nine-minute period.
"Mentally and physically, they were better," coach Jeff Hammond said of Palisade.
"I think the guys came in underestimating them a little because they hadn't won a league game yet."
The second half started out much like the first with Moffat County striking first.
Jose Valdez put a shot past goalkeeper Sergio Galindo at 46:00.
Immediately off the draw, Palisade would strike back with Michael Inzunza doing the damage.
During the 52nd minute of the game, Thesing would find the back of the net again for his fourth goal of the game, and his fifth goal came at 60:00 even.
Palisade would go on to score two more goals -- at 66:00 Clancy Jandreau put the ball past Lefler and at 81:00 Josh Downing would do the same.
"We played bad," Bilodeau said. "I had a horrible game."
Bilodeau was not the only player in a funk. Forgay said that entire team was flat.
"When it was 3-2, we were still in it," Forgay said. "When it was 4-2, we couldn't do anything."
The last 15 minutes, Ham--mond substituted everyone on the field, knowing there was no hope for a comeback.
Moffat County is hoping for a reversal of fortune on Saturday when it heads to Battle Mountain to take on the Huskies.
The Huskies are 4-1 in Western Slope League play and coach Dave Cope knows his team will have to remain tough, to play well against Moffat County.
"We have to stay focused," Cope said. "We can't have an emotional let-down."
Cope's team is coming off a hard-fought win against Steamboat Springs and is excited to face the Bulldogs.
"(Moffat County) represented the league very well last year in the playoffs," Cope said.
"We're expecting a tough game from them."
Moffat County is hoping to give the Huskies a tough game and come out with a win.
The Game is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Battle Mountain High School.