Freshman Skylar Tripp stops a ball during soccer practice Thursday at the Craig Middle School gymnasium. Tripp will play her first varsity game as goalie this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Eagle Valley High School, weather permitting. Junior varsity plays at 11 a.m.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Freshman Skylar Tripp stops a ball during soccer practice Thursday at the Craig Middle School gymnasium. Tripp will play her first varsity game as goalie this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Eagle Valley High School, weather permitting. Junior varsity plays at 11 a.m.

Moffat County girls soccer poised for early game

Varsity team to face Eagle Valley on Saturday

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Freshman Bailey Hellander takes a shot on goal during soccer practice Thursday at the Craig Middle School gymnasium. The soccer team will travel to Eagle Valley School on Saturday for their season opener.

MCHS girls varsity soccer schedule

Time Date Place Opponent

1 p.m. March 13 Away Eagle Valley High School

4 p.m. March 23 Away Palisade High School

1 p.m. March 27 Home Steamboat Springs High School

4 p.m. March 30 Home Battle Mountain High School

1 p.m. April 3 Away Grand Junction High School

4 p.m. April 6 Home Rifle High School

4 p.m. April 9 Home Palisade High School

1 p.m. April 10 Home Roaring Fork High School

6 p.m. April 13 Away Glenwood Springs High School

11 a.m. April 17 Away Battle Mountain High School

4 p.m. April 20 Away Rifle High School

1 p.m. April 24 Home Eagle Valley High School

4 p.m. April 27 Away Steamboat Springs High School

1 p.m. May 1 Home Delta High School

4 p.m. May 4 Home Glenwood Springs High School

For Harry Tripp, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer’s first year coach, Saturday’s game in Eagle Valley will be his first at the helm.

“I’m nervous,” he said. “I think once the JV plays, my jitters will go away.”

The MCHS girls soccer team will kick off its season at 11 a.m. Saturday, when the junior varsity plays.

The varsity team will play at 1 p.m.

Tripp said his nerves wouldn’t subside until the Bulldogs strike.

“With the first game, you always have the jitters,” he said. “I think they’ll go away once we score our first goal, and we can go on from there.”

The Bulldogs (0-0 overall, 0-0 in the Western Slope League) defeated the Devils (0-1, 0-0 in the Western Slope League) last season.

But the Bulldogs won’t underestimate their opponent, Tripp said.

“(Eagle Valley) lost last week, 8-0, to Montezuma-Cortez,” he said. “But you always assume that your opponent is good.”

For their first game, Tripp said he wants to see the team go the distance.

“I want to see if they have the gas to go the whole hour and 30 minutes,” he said. “I think they can, I just want to see it.

“This will be the first time we’ve been outside.”

Moffat County has been practicing at the Craig Middle School gymnasium because of snow at Loudy Simpson Park and the practice field at MCHS.

Eagle Valley plays on artificial turf.

Practicing inside has had its drawbacks, Tripp said.

“They don’t get to run as far, and we haven’t practiced corner kicks at all,” he said. “It’s just hard to set up drills with this many girls inside.”

This year’s soccer team, including the junior varsity, has 36 players, including 18 freshmen who Tripp had coached before in traveling leagues.

To win, Tripp said the Bulldogs can’t forget their fundamentals.

“I think they have to just remember what I’ve been teaching them in here,” he said. “Things like staying in your positions, following your shots and never giving up — that ball is yours, go get it.

“And racking up the points — never give up.”

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