Moffat County High School junior Anastasia Todd puts the moves on a defender during the 2008 season. Todd and the Bulldogs competed Monday in Palisade - the team's fourth consecutive road game to begin the 2009 season.

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Moffat County High School junior Anastasia Todd puts the moves on a defender during the 2008 season. Todd and the Bulldogs competed Monday in Palisade - the team's fourth consecutive road game to begin the 2009 season.

Girls soccer blanked in Palisade

MCHS can't catch a break, falls 5-0

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Game statistics

MCHS girls soccer results:

Tuesday, Palisade High School

MCHS 0, Palisade 5

Team scoring summary:

Moffat County (0-3-1) 0-0: 0

Palisade (2-1) 4-1: 5

Individual scoring summary:

First half - 1,PHS, Rasmussen, 3rd minute. 2, PHS, F. Davis 1, 20th minute. 3. PHS, F. Davis 2, 30th minute. 4. PHS, Rasmussen 2, 38th minute.

Second half - 5 PHS, Rager 1, 59th minute.

Shots on goal - MCHS N/A, PHS N/A.

Goalkeepers - MCHS, Anastasia Todd, Brittany Rodriguez, Imelda Hernandez; PHS, Amelia Davis.

— Not yet.

The Moffat County girls soccer team, winless through its first three games of the 2009 schedule, looked to end the early season skid Tuesday in Palisade.

They're still searching.

Palisade (2-1 overall, 2-1 Western Slope League) scored four goals in the first half to separate itself from the visitors, on its way to a 5-0 win.

The loss sent MCHS (0-3-1 overall, 0-3-1 WSL) to it's third shutout loss of the young season.

"We were sluggish out there," MCHS coach Dave Rodriguez said. "The girls had too much time off and it killed us. Everything we did at the beginning of the season just kind of disappeared during the break. I really believe the key was that we spent too much time away from soccer."

Palisade jumped on Moffat County from the game's onset.

A goal by Palisade's Lindsay Rasmussen three minutes into the contest set the tone for the home team's five-goal outburst - its largest of the season.

Rodriguez pulled goalie Anastasia Todd in favor of Brittany Rodriguez, who the coach said gives the team a better offensive threat from the box.

"We needed to jumpstart our offense with our goalie kicks getting past midfield," he said. Palisade was "just picking everything off at midfield. We couldn't get anything going."

The tactic backfired, as Palisade scored three goals with Rodriguez in net.

Flannery Davis scored at the 20-minute mark and added her second of the game 10 minutes later.

Rasmussen struck again with two minutes remaining for the half, and when the whistle blew, the home team found itself up, 4-0.

"We just had some opportunities to score, and we took advantage of them," Palisade coach Luann Ehlers said. "We have some younger girls that have more drive because they are playing varsity ball. They want to show that they belong."

Logan Rager scored for Palisade to account for the final margin of victory.

Palisade goalie Amelia Davis celebrated her birthday by earning her first shutout win of the season.

"That's what she said she wanted for a present," Ehlers said. "And she got it."

Rodriguez said Moffat County has a lot of work to do to get back to the level of play he saw before the team went on spring break.

"We have to go back to the drawing board (this) morning first thing," he said. "We're going to have a double practice, one in the morning and one in the evening to see if I can straighten them out."

He won't have much time.

MCHS plays on three consecutive days beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday in Steamboat Springs.

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