Craig With an 0-2 record entering league play, Moffat County High School head coach Seth Young wanted to start his varsity soccer team off with a clean slate.
Against visiting Glenwood Springs, the Bulldogs came away with a similar end result Saturday.
The Bulldogs let a two-goal lead at the half evaporate, falling 4-2 to the Demons.
"We got up two, and I think the kids got complacent," Young said. "They've got to keep up the intensity."
Cole DuBois got the Bulldogs on the board early, scoring 11 minutes into the contest.
"It felt pretty good," Dubois said. "It was off my left foot."
Moffat County kept on the pressure - crisp passing, leading to quality shots - that resulted in a penalty kick goal by Ian Forgay with four minutes remaining before the break.
"I used the no look," Forgay said. "I looked one way and shot it to the other side."
The second half wasn't as productive. The Bulldogs broke down defensively, resulting in four Glenwood goals in a 17-minute span.
Two of those were a result of penalty kicks.
Demons head coach John Mount was proud of the way his team was able to bounce back.
"We hung in there," he said. "We caught a break on a few, but I feel that we were the stronger team out there today."
Despite letting a two-goal lead falter, Young still was able to find the positives in his team's performance.
"They are gaining confidence with every game," he said. "It was a 100 percent improvement out there today. They are channeling their emotions much better."
Forgay also was optimistic.
"We played well the first half," he said, "but once they scored, it deflated us. If we play our game - two halves - we can beat anybody."
The Bulldogs visit Rifle High School at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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