MCHS girls soccer loses season finale

Bulldogs walk off field with smiles despite 1-14-1 record

Neither the Bulldogs nor the Indians had anything to play for Friday afternoon, but that didn't stop them from having fun.

Montrose already clinched a playoff spot, and the rain-filled nonleague contest was the last Moffat County High School sporting event for six seniors.

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MCHS (1-14-1) girls soccer hosted Montrose (10-3-2) in its final game of the year with seemingly nothing on the line but pride.

Hence, a lot of smiles were seen on the lower football field despite a 7-0 Montrose shutout.

"I don't know how seriously we were taking this game," MCHS coach Seth Young said. "It was not a league game, we had a lot of players from the junior varsity squad getting experience and we switched things up a bit. We just had fun."

Due to the wet and cold conditions, MCHS had a rather abbreviated ceremony to honor the six seniors.

Young and his staff gave flowers at the conclusion of Thursday's game, and the girls made a beeline to warm and awaiting vehicles amid snow flurries.

The season finale against Montrose brought chilly rain showers for the entire first half, and after a brief rainbow saw sunny skies for the game's remainder.

Montrose senior Molli Gurule had a hat trick to lead the victorious Indians.

Rachael Hansen tallied two goals, and Karlie Sanders and Chandra Passehl each scored to pace Montrose.

After trailing 3-0 at halftime, Young swapped out MCHS senior goalkeeper Heather Brown for classmate Shaylyn Kawcak.

The Indians continued to put pressure on the MCHS defensive line and scored its last four goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

"I thought they really played well," Mike Frazer, Montrose coach, said of the Bulldogs. "I saw some good passing from them. Looking at their record I saw they had problems scoring, but they have a great defense and I thought that was shown today."

Kawcak made a number of athletic, diving saves and was assisted by Brown's defensive efforts.

MCHS senior Ashleigh Mann applied offensive pressure throughout the contest, but was unable to get past the stout Montrose defense.

"It's pretty sad, but I can look back with a smile," Mann said afterward. "Even though we didn't have a winning season, we had some great practices and memories overall."

Drew Turner can be contacted at 824-7031, ext 211, or aturner@craigdailypress.com

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