Box score from Wednesday’s Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer playoff game at Windsor:
(Team, 1st half, 2nd Half, Final)
Moffat, 0, 1, 1
Windsor, 1, 3, 4
MCHS goal: Tracy Mendoza, 40:32 in the second half
With about five minutes left in the first round of the state playoffs, Moffat County soccer player Tracy Mendoza put in his 30th goal of the season.
But, the personal milestone was not enough to put his team in the second round.
The MCHS boys varsity soccer team fell, 4-1, to the Wizards of Windsor High School on Wednesday night.
The loss ends the Bulldogs’ playoff appearance, their first entry into the second season since 2005.
The Bulldogs had an uphill battle against Windsor, a team that has shut out its last nine consecutive opponents.
Windsor goalie Kyle Wein-
meister and the rest of the Wizard defense kept the Craig team busy for the entire game, though the beginning of the match looked promising for Moffat County.
Mendoza said the Bulldogs “dominated” for the game’s first 10 minutes.
“We didn’t capitalize on our shots when we had the chance,” the Moffat County senior said.
Mendoza said Windsor’s halftime lead of 1-0 did not intimidate him or his teammates as they headed into the second half. But, the Wizards were more than ready.
Windsor players Matt Lee, Alejandro Mendoza and Kyle Gonzales each netted a goal, and the rest of the team did all they could to prevent the Bulldogs from scoring.
Tracy’s lone goal prevented Windsor from claiming a 10th consecutive shutout, but he said he wished the score had been closer.
“It wasn’t our game,” he said. “They were just too good defensively.”
Junior Jonathan Pando said he thought the Bulldogs played well, despite the loss.
“It was just a lot of little mistakes, and we were unlucky,” Pando said.
Pando said the playoff loss was “upsetting and kind of sad” because it was the final high school game for the seniors.
“We still have a good team and we’ve proved that we’re a strong group from a little town,” Pando said. “I’m proud of being on the same team with these guys and I’m glad I could be part of the school’s history for 2010.”