Craig It was bound to happen.
Moffat County High School soccer coach Rusty Cox knew it would happen; it was just a matter of when and against whom.
His questions were finally answered.
MCHS (1-5 overall, 1-5 Western Slope League) picked up their first win of the season Friday, a 4-0 shutout victory against visiting Palisade.
"They played well," Cox said. "Our midfield really stepped it up. It was awesome to see."
The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the half, with defense playing the star role between two winless teams.
But coming out of the break, Moffat County caught on fire.
MCHS sophomore Tracy Mendoza streaked down the left sideline, executing a perfect crossing pass that senior Ian Forgay headed into the back of the Palisade net eight minutes in.
"It feels great," Forgay said about the victory. "We've been waiting all season to get it."
Forgay said the halftime pep talk among the team is what made the difference.
"The first half was no good," he said. "We decided at the half that we hade to step it up and play like we know we can. We did, and you could see the difference."
Forgay's first goal of the season opened up the floodgates for Moffat County.
Mendoza scored on a penalty kick 12 minutes into the second frame, depositing a blast off his right foot past the diving Palisade goalie, for a 2-0 lead - a lead that was insurmountable for Palisade (0-8 overall, 0-6 WSL).
"We didn't have the intensity in the second half," Palisade coach Drake Jandreau said. "They came out and played with a lot more intensity than we did. We still aren't playing varsity-level ball right now."
Moffat County's Caleb Lee deposited a goal off of his left foot 28 minutes into the second half for a 3-0 lead, and Craig Toovey accounted for the final margin of victory, scoring with three minutes left in the contest.
"We got a lot of shots on goal," Cox said. "We still have a lot of room for improvement, though. We'll see how we are tomorrow."
MCHS earned its first shutout of the season behind a three-goalie tandem of Victor Villa, Dustin Carlson and Adrian Hernandez.
MCHS hosts Roaring Fork today at 11 a.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park.