Despite being behind Eagle Valley High School's boys varsity soccer team, 7-0, by halftime, Moffat County High School's team did what it does best.
It kept battling.
"We decided to just have fun with it in the second half," center Cole DuBois said. "We decided to change it up a little bit."
Although the team fell, 12-0, to the Devils on Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park, coach Rusty Cox said he was happy with his young team.
"They never quit," Cox said. "They were hurt, but they came out and played the second half."
DuBois, one of two starting seniors, said Eagle Valley was able to take control of the game early.
"We started out pretty flat," he said. "We need to get momentum before the game starts and go right after them."
The defense had played well in the past week, including an 8-0 shutout of Palisade High School on Sept. 24, and a Sept. 19 2-1 loss to Eagle Valley, but injuries forced Moffat County to juggle its lineup Tuesday.
"We weren't a complete team, like we were last time against them," DuBois said.
Goalkeeper Dustin Carlson had to be taken out of the net because of an injury.
Carlson did return and played defense as Adrian Hernandez took over between the posts.
With injuries depleting his defense, Cox had to move players around.
Manuel Tarango did not play because of injury, and Johnny Landa was fighting an injury the entire game.
"We have to get our starting defense back," Cox said. "We had to move around a couple of players to positions they haven't played before. When we have to pull guys out of position, it throws off our lineup."
The teams were mismatched in terms of seniors, with Eagle Valley trotting out 18 compared to Moffat County's two - a fact that didn't slip by Cox.
"I'm proud of my team," Cox said. "We played a more experienced team, and they never quit. They could have given up, but they came out and played hard."
His tea;m's attitude is the biggest change from a year ago, Cox said.
"Last year, after we gave up the first goal, they would have been walking," he said. "This year, this team will never give up - it doesn't matter what the score is."
Moffat County soccer will face Rifle High School at 4 p.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.