No love lost

Bulldogs girls soccer loses tough game to rival Rifle, 3-2

As Moffat County High School's Shaylyn Kawcak put it, different sports have their own rivals.

And for the Bulldogs girls soccer team, it happens to be Rifle.

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"Steamboat Springs is way better, but Rifle is a pretty dirty team and always have been," the senior said.

With their rival in town Thursday night, the Bulldogs' game play was elevated. Apparently, so was the Bears', as host MCHS fell in a tough game, 3-2.

MCHS coach Seth Young credited Rifle, despite its rough style of play.

"I think they deserve it and earned it," he said.

MCHS (1-13-1) struck first when senior Ashleigh Mann drew the Rifle (5-10-0) goalie out of the penalty box and found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead about halfway into the first half.

After the Bears' goalie used the breeze to kick the ball downfield, a hustling teammate snuck a shot past MCHS goalie Heather Brown to tie the game five minutes later.

Then, Rifle forward Caitlin Clay headed a teammate's missed shot past a diving Brown, and the Bears had a 2-1 lead with nearly 10 minutes until halftime.

Five minutes later, the Bears made it 3-1 after being awarded a free kick.

The Bears began to laugh and play a more physical game in the second half.

But the referees noticed, and two Bears received yellow warning cards as a result.

Mann continued to apply offensive pressure, and it came to fruition with her second goal of the game toward the end.

"She was just going hard and she wanted it more than they did," Young said.

Trailing by one goal with about five minutes remaining, the Bulldogs nearly sent the game into overtime, but fell short in the end.

MCHS finishes its season today at 4 p.m., when the Bulldogs host Montrose.

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