Compared to past iterations, the 2010 Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team is better in every category, senior Raquel Robinson contends.
The Bulldogs, playing their final game Friday at home against Rifle High School, not only tied the school’s record for wins with five, but did it as the tightest group to ever walk onto the field, Robinson said.
“We had an awesome bond,” she said. “We had a lot more fun.
“We built a lot of trust, and I knew that all the girls on this team had my back.”
Moffat County (5-10 overall, 4-9 in the Western Slope League) needed overtime to get past the Bears (0-15-1 overall, 0-10-1 in the WSL).
With time running out in overtime, sophomore Kelly Ciesco kicked the ball into the side of the net to give MCHS a 2-1 win at Woodbury Sports Complex.
Like Robinson, Ciesco said this year’s team was unlike any other she had played with.
“It was all so much better this year,” she said. “We played our hearts out, and we actually played as a team.
“We were more organized, and we were so much closer this year.”
Rifle struck first, with a goal in the opening minute of the game.
The Bulldogs responded quickly, however, as Robinson was able to connect off a rebound for her second goal of the season.
Goalie Skylar Tripp was flawless the rest of the game, but despite repeated chances in regulation, MCHS wasn’t able to score.
In overtime, MCHS was able to keep the pressure on the Bears, setting up Ciesco’s goal from beyond the box.
“I don’t really know what happened,” she said. “I just kicked it, and it went in.”
With the win, the Bulldogs tied the 2006 team’s win mark.
Robinson said the team was thinking about the milestone during the game.
“It came up a couple of times,” she said. “All it did was push us further.”
It was head coach Harry Tripp’s first year at the helm for MCHS, and the coach said he was sad to see the season end, but was happy that the team improved along the way.
“It’s been a season of highs and lows,” he said. “We’ve had good games and bad.”
But, regardless of the team’s final record, the Bulldogs heeded Tripp’s best advice, he said.
“I told them, ‘I want you to be a family,’” he said. “We walk on this field together, and that’s exactly what they did all year.”
The team’s five seniors — Robinson, Anastasia Todd, Lili Torres, Kelsey Grinstead and Holly Bergman — will be missed, Tripp said, but he is looking forward to next year.
“We have a lot of promising girls in eighth grade,” he said. “And our JV team is pretty good. We want to make the playoffs next year.”