Craig sports briefs for Sept. 29

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Volleyball

The Moffat County High School girls volleyball team came away winless this past weekend during its two-game road trip to Grand Junction and Delta.

On Friday, the Bulldogs were swept, 14-25, 18-25 and 15-25, at Palisade High School.

"The score doesn't really indicate how the girls are playing right now," coach Brianna Montgomery said. "Intensity-wise, we took a step in the right direction."

The intensity picked up in Palisade was carried with Moffat County into Delta on Saturday, but the Bulldogs still came up short, falling in five games to the Panthers, 13-25, 25-23, 25-17, 22-25 and 16-14.

The Bulldogs led the fifth game, 11-9, but a close out-of-bounds call followed by two Moffat County errors sealed the Bulldogs eighth consecutive loss.

"That final game was a close, back-and-forth game," Montgomery said. "The out-of-bounds call was the turning point. We just couldn't finish after that."

Moffat County (1-7 Western Slope League, 2-10 overall) visits Rifle on Thursday.

Soccer

The MCHS boys varsity soccer team played a strong second half Saturday at Glenwood Springs, but a four-goal first half by the Demons was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome in the team's 5-2 loss.

A goal off an indirect kick by Inez Quezada 11 minutes and 15 seconds into the second half put Moffat County within three at 4-1, and a goal by Tracy Mendoza nearly six minutes later pulled the Bulldogs within two.

But Glenwood pushed ahead by three on a goal at 33:50 to account for the final margin of victory.

"Brandon Duncan came out and played unbelievable in the second half defensively for us," MCHS coach Rusty Cox said. "He came out firing. We played well most of the game; it was just about 20 minutes at the end of the first half that was the key."

The Bulldogs (1-7 WSL, 2-7 overall) are in the midst of five consecutive road games, with Thursday's game at Grand Junction Central No. 4.

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