Bulldogs girls soccer shut out by Huskies

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— An undefeated team at the top of the league against a team at the bottom.

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team traveled to Vail on Tuesday for a matchup of two teams on opposite sides of the Western Slope League.

Battle Mountain - the defending league champion - has eight shutout victories on the season, while Moffat County has been blanked 10 times this year, including its past four games in a row.

That said, Tuesday's results were almost predictable.

Battle Mountain (13-0 overall, 14-0 WSL) earned its ninth shutout win of the season, blowing past visiting Moffat County (1-13 overall, 1-13 WSL), 8-0, keeping its goal of a perfect season intact.

It was the Bulldogs' fifth straight loss without scoring a goal, making it the 11th time they have been shut out on the season.

"We just couldn't keep up with them," MCHS coach Alegra Yager said. "They are just very quick on that turf they play on. We had a really hard time staying with them."

Battle Mountain rode the momentum of a five-goal first half into the second, where the home team scored three more times, halting any chance of a Moffat County upset.

"The girls played well considering our opposition," Yager said. "We had some great scoring opportunities out of a few new things we decided to try, but we just didn't get on the board."

Yager said she was impressed by the play of freshman goalie Imelda Hernandez.

"Imelda played probably her best game of the season," Yager said. "She stood tall for us in goal. She was awesome."

The Bulldogs wrap up the season Thursday when MCHS hosts Palisade - the lone team the Bulldogs have defeated - on senior night.

"After a team like Battle Mountain, we are ready to come home and compete," Yager said. "We are going to stick together and keep having fun. I would love to get a win Thursday to send the seniors out the right way."

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

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