Moffat County High School freshman Kelly Ciesco battles with an Eagle Valley defender Saturday in Craig. Ciesco scored a goal for the Bulldogs in the 3-2 win against the Devils.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Moffat County High School freshman Kelly Ciesco battles with an Eagle Valley defender Saturday in Craig. Ciesco scored a goal for the Bulldogs in the 3-2 win against the Devils.

Bulldogs soccer notches 1st win of the season

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MCHS' Amanda Brewer races towards the goal Saturday. The Bulldogs earned their first win of the season.

If only the Moffat County High School girls soccer team could play Eagle Valley more often. A four-game series. A best-of-seven. Anything to get the Lady Devils on the schedule.

After playing Eagle Valley to a 2-2 draw in the teams' previous match-up, the Bulldogs earned a 3-2 win Saturday afternoon at Woodbury Park.

The two games against Eagle Valley stand as MCHS's only two non-losses of the season, but that didn't dampen the mood following Saturday's win.

In fact, it may have added to it.

There were girls yelling in celebration, parents taking team photos and a beaming head coach.

"I don't ever want them to forget this feeling, because they deserved it," said coach Nicole Dolence.

MCHS had lost its previous two games by a combined 8-1, but they looked like a different team Saturday.

Midfielder Kelly Ciesco scored a goal a few minutes into the game with a high-arcing chip shot that looped over the Devils' goalkeeper.

And later in the first half, Daniela Martinez sent a cross into the box from the left wing that bounced off an Eagle Valley defender and into the net, giving Moffat County a 2-0 advantage.

Dolence seemed pleased with her team's quick start.

"They started the game out playing hard," Dolence said. "That's something that we've kind of been struggling with. We always have kind of a slow start in the first half and then play well in the second half. And this time they came out and played strong the entire game."

The Bulldogs gave up a goal at the end of the first half but scored a quick one after the break when Martinez placed a ball in the side netting, giving the keeper no chance.

A handball by the Bulldogs led to a penalty kick goal with about 10 minutes remaining, but Moffat County would hold on and claim the 3-2 win.

"I don't know if it's the same level of play or what," Dolence said, "but for some reason, the girls are always confident against (Eagle Valley)."

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