Moffat County High School senior Tracy Mendoza flicks the ball into the net during a Saturday match against Grand Junction High School at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Bulldogs beat the Class 5A Tigers, 6-2, behind a hat trick from Mendoza. MCHS is undefeated on the season.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Moffat County High School senior Tracy Mendoza flicks the ball into the net during a Saturday match against Grand Junction High School at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Bulldogs beat the Class 5A Tigers, 6-2, behind a hat trick from Mendoza. MCHS is undefeated on the season.

MCHS Bulldogs soccer cruises past Grand Junction, 6-2

For the second time in a week, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team took on a Grand Junction team and won.

Playing Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig, the Bulldogs (4-0-0 overall) beat the 5A Grand Junction Tigers (2-1-0 overall), 6-2.

The win comes after Tuesday’s 4-3 romp at Grand Junction Central, another Class 5A school.

MCHS junior Jorge Gonzalez said playing the big schools has the Bulldogs prepared for their league schedule, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Steamboat Springs.

“We beat those two teams, so it will push us to play harder in our next game,” he said.

The Bulldogs scored first Saturday, when senior Tracy Mendoza, the team’s leading scorer, connected off an Alex Perez assist 2 minutes and 24 seconds into the first half.

It was Mendoza again at the 14 minute and 20 second mark, when Alan Flores crossed the ball in front of the Grand Junction goal, and Mendoza put it in for a 2-0 Bulldog lead.

At 28 minutes and 16 seconds into the first half, Grand Junction received a free kick, and capitalized to cut MCHS’ lead to 2-1.

A minute later, Perez was the beneficiary of a Johnny Landa pass, and put it past the Grand Junction goalie for a 3-1 lead.

As time in the first half was running out, Grand Junction received another free kick, and again scored to inch within one goal, 3-2.

After halftime, the Bulldogs pulled away.

“It was back and forth before halftime,” Gonzalez said. “But, we were able to get some goals in.”

At 20 minutes and 16 seconds after halftime, Mendoza scored on a Perez assist, and about 2 minutes later, Favian Quezada scored from 20 yards out on a Mendoza feed.

Alan Flores scored on a free kick to cap the scoring at 6-2.

Gonzalez said the team played well in every facet of the game.

“We played as a team,” he said. “It was pretty solid altogether. I’m looking forward to our next game.”

Notes: It was Mendoza’s second hat trick of the week. The senior scored three goals Tuesday at Grand Junction Central. Mendoza also had five goals Thursday against Roaring Fork. For the season, Mendoza has 12 goals in four games.

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