The spring sports season is always hard in Northwest Colorado because the inconsistencies of the weather make it hard for teams to be consistent. It seems like this season's spring weather has been especially hard on the Moffat County High School girls soccer team.
"We need to get on grass for practice," junior Kelsey Grinstead said. "It's just really hard to practice in the gym all the time."
The Bulldogs traveled Friday to Montrose and escaped the snow, but they didn't escape a harsh wind.
"It was like the dust bowl of 2009," Grinstead said. "When we finished, we were covered head to toe in dirt because the wind and dirt were so bad."
The Bulldogs also had their second 7-0 loss of the week.
"It was tough," coach Dave Rodriguez said. "Things just weren't clicking."
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 0-5-1 on the season. All of their games have been on the road because of poor field conditions in Craig.
Montrose scored five goals in the first half. It was similar to the 6-0 hole that the Bulldogs were in after the first half against Steamboat Springs the previous Monday.
"Montrose wasn't as good as Steamboat," Rodriguez said. "But Montrose had the wind to their back the first half, and it really worked against us."
Rodriguez said that kicking into the strong wind kept the Bulldogs from setting up their offsides trap. Without the trap going against them, Montrose was able to control the first half.
In the second half, the Bulldogs were able to set up the offsides trap, but according to Grinstead and Rodriguez, it wasn't getting called.
Montrose "had a couple of fast breaks in the second half that happened because we thought offsides was obvious, but it wasn't called," said Grinstead, who primarily plays defense.
Rodriguez ended up getting a yellow card in the second half because offsides wasn't being called.
"I felt like the official wasn't even following the line so he could see offsides," he said. "I lost my cool, but they really weren't helping us by making the proper calls."
Despite the harsh loss, Grinstead said she saw improvement from her teammates in the form of passing.
"We've been working on controlling the ball in practice," she said. "I thought we passed a lot better. I really think we are improving as a team."