Alex Perez, center, uses some fancy footwork to shed a Rifle High School defender on Thursday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Bulldogs beat the Bears, 5-2.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Alex Perez, center, uses some fancy footwork to shed a Rifle High School defender on Thursday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Bulldogs beat the Bears, 5-2.

Moffat County High School boys soccer victorious

Bulldogs beat Bears, 5-2

During Thursday's game against Rifle High School, Dustin Carlson, Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer goalkeeper, was a cool customer.

With temperatures in the 40s, constant winds at Loudy-Simpson Park and an offense that kept the ball in Rifle territory, Carlson was focused on staying warm as much as blocking shots in the Bulldogs' 5-2 victory.

Although the junior would later re-enter the game as a midfielder, Carlson did all he could to stay warm between the posts.

"I was just running in my area, jumping around, stretching," he said. "I have to stay active all the time."

The first half would prove uneventful for Carlson, as he deflected a penalty shot and picked up a couple of loose balls, as the offense kept the Bears on their heels.

"It was kind of boring," he said. "It wasn't like Glenwood or Steamboat."

Two days after losing, 12-0, to Eagle Valley High School, Moffat County came out early, as the first three minutes of the game featured two Bulldog goals.

Jonathan Pando then scored when a penalty kick sailed over the Rifle goalie's outstretched fingers to put the score at 3-0.

Soon afterward, Tracy Mendoza headed a ball into the net to give Moffat County a 4-0 lead before halftime.

Assistant coach Shannon Buchanon said the team was playing at full strength.

"We had our lineup back, which made a big difference," she said. "They were pumped today and ready to go. They started out hard and never slowed down."

Moffat County netted one more goal in the second half, but Rifle closed out the scoring with two goals.

Coach Rusty Cox said he had a talk with his team Wednesday afer its loss to Eagle Valley.

"I told my midfielders that the reason we lost was because they weren't running the entire game," he said. "I said if they won't run, I'll find somebody who will."

The midfielders played better against Rifle, as the Bears weren't able to pressure Moffat County or force shots on the goal.

Cox said the weather and the field, which had puddles near the goals and midfield, had his team excited to play.

"They had a fire underneath them today," he said. "In practice, they were running all around, they were so excited to play on a muddy field."

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