Goalie Jaycee McCoy, center, prepares to deflect a shot from Justine Hathhorn, left, on Monday at Moffat County High School. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team will play at 4 p.m. today in Palisade. The MCHS girls junior varsity team will play at 5:45 p.m. today, also in Palisade. For more, see page 13 in sports.

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Goalie Jaycee McCoy, center, prepares to deflect a shot from Justine Hathhorn, left, on Monday at Moffat County High School. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team will play at 4 p.m. today in Palisade. The MCHS girls junior varsity team will play at 5:45 p.m. today, also in Palisade. For more, see page 13 in sports.

Moffat County girls soccer looking to start streak

Bulldogs girls teams play today in Palisade

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Freshman Kyleen Ellgen takes a shot on goal Monday at the Moffat County High School practice field. The MCHS girls varsity and junior varsity soccer teams play today in Palisade. Both Bulldogs teams are coming off March 13 wins against Eagle Valley.

After the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team scored its first goal of the season, first-year head coach Harry Tripp said his worries waned.

Tripp and the varsity soccer team won, 3-1, on March 13 in Eagle Valley to claim Tripp’s first high school win.

“It was like all of the doubts were lifted,” he said. “After the first goal, I could just focus on winning.”

At 4 p.m. today, Tripp and the Bulldogs will try to build on their season-opening victory when they play Palisade on the road.

Palisade (1-1-1 overall, 1-1 in the Western Slope League) is coming off a 2-1 March 20 loss to Glenwood Springs.

Palisade tied its first game, 0-0, on March 5 against Mon­tezuma-Cortez and won its March 16 match-up, 3-1, against Delta.

“Stats-wise, we’re about the same,” Tripp said. “They will have home field advantage, though.”

Moffat County has not had a game since its March 13 victory.

Tripp said the team spent three days of its spring break practicing.

“We had 20 girls show up and work on things we noticed we needed to work on during the game,” he said. “We were finally able to practice corner kicks outside.”

In addition to getting some time on the field, the team also worked on passing in the lanes, Tripp said.

MCHS will be at full strength today, as several players who left for spring break return.

Tripp said the team’s approach will be the same as it was in Eagle Valley — attack and never let up.

“We need to get to the ball first,” he said. “We need to go out at 110 percent and get the ball first.

“We need to strike first and keep that momentum.”

Getting off to a good start will help Moffat County in its quest to make the playoffs, Tripp said.

“I can see us sneaking in and winning against some of the teams at the top of our league,” he said. “I would like to come out of our next two games with two wins.”

Two straight wins would give the Bulldogs a 3-0 record heading into a matchup with Battle Mountain.

“They are on top of the league,” Tripp said. “I would love to be able to knock them off and let them know that Moffat County is here to stay.”

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