Moffat County's Ana Maria Flores, right, defends Battle Mountain's Haille Hogfeldt during the second half of the teams' game Monday at Woodbury Park. The Huskies won, 5-1.

Photo by David Pressgrove

Moffat County's Ana Maria Flores, right, defends Battle Mountain's Haille Hogfeldt during the second half of the teams' game Monday at Woodbury Park. The Huskies won, 5-1.

Girls soccer has something worth celebrating

Moffat County loses, 5-1, but has strong 2nd-half showing

Kat Thompson was out of breath, but it was a good out of breath.

"I ran out of breath I screamed so long," she said.

The freshman on the Moffat County High School girls soccer team let out a celebration yelp after scoring a goal against Battle Mountain on Monday at Woodbury Park.

"It was awesome," she said.

Looking at her smile, it would have been hard to see that the Bulldogs were still winless on the season after a 5-1 defeat.

"It took us a half to wake up or something," she said. "We got our act together the second half."

After the game, Bulldogs coach Nicole Dolence told her girls to remember the feeling they had the second half.

"We won the second half today, girls," she said. "We had a different attitude."

At halftime, Dolence said the girls came off the field with their heads down. But, little by little, they gained confidence in the second half, and in the 68th minute, Daniella Martinez knocked the ball loose from the Huskies keeper and Thompson put it in.

"It's been like this all year," Dolence said. "We don't have confidence until the second half."

After the game, the Moffat County girls couldn't remember when the last time was they scored against the Huskies.

Longtime Battle Mountain coach, Dave Cope, couldn't remember the last time Moffat County put up a tally on his team.

Moffat County "had a good team effort the second half," he said.

With a 5-0 lead in the second half, it wasn't panic time for Cope when the Bulldogs improved their play.

In the first half, it looked like the Bulldogs were the ones who had a three-hour bus ride. The Huskies came out quickly and set a dominating tone.

Lizzie Seibert dropped a hat trick, and Kayla Telles put in two more in the first 40 minutes.

"They were all quality goals," Cope said. "I was happy with how we competed right off the bus."

Because of several conflicts with other activities, the Huskies only traveled with 13 players. Having just two subs isn't all bad, Cope said.

"It's the time in the season where we are going to play our best 11 most of the time anyway," he said.

"We need to find a rhythm with this group going into the playoffs."

With the win, the Huskies clinched third place in the Western Slope League and will be in the playoffs for the sixth-consecutive year.

"It's been tough to lose to Steamboat and Glenwood this year," he said. "But, we will celebrate the playoffs."

Moffat County will host Palisade at 4 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. on Saturday against Eagle Valley.

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