Defense, perseverance and teamwork propelled the Moffat County High School girls soccer team to their first win of the season Monday afternoon.
Kristin Brown and Ashleigh Mann tallied goals for the Bulldogs in a 2-1 Western Slope win against Eagle Valley, and goalkeeper Heather Brown made a number of important saves.
"It feels great -- the monkey is finally off our back," Seth Young said Monday afternoon.
MCHS is now 1-10-1 on the season while the Devils fall to 2-10 overall.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first when sophomore Michelle Hammond took a corner kick that bounced off the Eagle Valley goalkeeper's hands.
Brown got the rebound and wasted no time in finding the back of the net for a 1-0 lead 24 minutes into the contest.
Three minutes later, the Devils evened the score after MCHS goalkeeper Heather Brown challenged the forward.
Brown kept the Bulldogs in the contest with a number of diving saves to maintain the tie in the first 40 minutes of play.
About two minutes before halftime, senior midfielder Vicki Quezada nearly gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage when her shot skimmed the top of the crossbar on the Eagle Valley goal.
Quezada assisted classmate Ashleigh Mann two minutes into the second half on a breakaway, giving MCHS a 2-1 advantage.
"In the second half, I told them to take short passes," Young said. "They get stuck playing the other team's style of game, but I told them just to relax. I was a little nervous toward the end, but I just wanted to see them win."
Brown's effective saves and the Bulldogs defense combined to shutout the Devils offense for the last 38 minutes.
"This is just amazing," Mann said with a huge smile. "Confidence wise, this gives us a boost going into the end of the season. It brought us together and everyone held can hold their heads high now."
MCHS travels to Battle Mountain today at 4 p.m.