Moffat County High School senior Samantha Erickson gains control of the ball Saturday against visiting Delta. The Bulldogs briefly led the Panthers, 1-0, behind freshman Amanda Brewer's fourth goal, but eventually fell, 6-2.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Moffat County High School senior Samantha Erickson gains control of the ball Saturday against visiting Delta. The Bulldogs briefly led the Panthers, 1-0, behind freshman Amanda Brewer's fourth goal, but eventually fell, 6-2.

Bulldogs drop girls soccer home opener

Season-high two goals not enough versus Delta

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Finally.

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team took the field Saturday at Woodbury Park in its first home game of the season.

Saturday marked the 10th game overall in the Bulldogs' 15-game schedule, the home stop its fourth game in a row, the first three being on the road.

Despite the home field advantage, Moffat County lost to visiting Delta, 6-2.

"This was our fourth game in as many days," MCHS coach Alegra Yager said. "We are very tired. But the girls fought really hard. It's nice to be able to finally play at home."

The Bulldogs (1-9 overall, 1-9 Western Slope League) took an early 1-0 lead behind freshman Amanda Brewer's team-leading fourth goal of the season.

Brewer has scored - including Friday's game-winner at Palisade - in each of the four games she has played since Yager moved her to forward from the sweeper position.

"I've been getting some good shots now that I'm up front," Brewer said. "I'm happy I'm scoring, but I'd be happier if we won instead."

The Panthers knotted the game at 1 less than five minutes later, taking the one-goal lead into half.

"I told the team at halftime that we have to win, and win now," Panthers coach Julie Mottern said. "Their (Moffat County's) field is smaller than ours, and I told them that we need to take advantage of that."

The Panthers were listening.

Junior Hannah Roberson put Delta ahead 3-1 about 10 minutes into the second half, but a tripping call against the Panthers gave Moffat County a penalty kick.

Yager called on freshman goalie Imelda Hernandez, who calmly blasted a right-footed shot past her net-minding counterpart.

"I was thinking 'goalie on goalie,'" Hernandez said. "But seriously, I knew I would make it. It felt good coming off my foot."

Within one, at 3-2, Moffat County couldn't muster any more offense.

Delta (7-5-2 overall, 6-4-2 WSL) pulled away on goals by Roberson, Stephanie Spor and Samantha Fritzlan.

"We have begun to execute a lot better," Yager said. "The four straight days together actually helped us grow as a team. We are communicating well as a team, and the girls are loving playing the game of soccer."

Moffat County hosts defending league champion Battle Mountain (10-0 overall, 9-0 WSL) on Tuesday, in the Bulldog's second of four consecutive home games this week.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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