Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s game Friday against Delta High School:
(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)
Moffat County — 1 — 1 — 2
Delta — 1 — 2 — 3
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — goals)
Kelly Ciesco — 2
A late goal Friday by Delta High School stunned the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team.
Entering the second half tied, 1-1, junior Kelly Ciesco scored her second goal of the game on a breakaway to give the Bulldogs (1-4 overall, 0-4 Western Slope League) a 2-1 lead.
Delta (4-1 overall, 4-1 WSL) scored just a few minutes later to even it up.
The Bulldogs had a couple of missed opportunities late in the game and the Panthers took advantage of a tired defense to score the game-winning goal and sweep the season series with a 3-2 victory.
MCHS sophomore Kelsie Pomeroy said it was a physical game with the Panthers, but one where her team never gave up.
“We started to talk and we stuck together in the game,” she said. “As we learn to keep doing those things, we will get better.”
Pomeroy was given a yellow card in the waning minutes of the game when she tackled Delta’s goalie vying over the ball.
“I think it may have took some off of us mentally because we kept waiting for the refs to call a penalty,” Pomeroy said. “We did a lot better this game, however, because we had time to set up more plays in practice.”
The Bulldogs fell to Delta 3-1 on March 12 in the team’s season opener.
Head coach Harry Tripp said his team improved in the second go around.
“I told them before the game that no one gets pushed around,” he said. “They came out and did the pushing and got a few fouls, but that is the name of the game.”
Tripp said ultimately the difference in the game was his defense got tired at the end.
The defenders were not subbed out during the game.
“The defense did an incredible job the whole game until the last five minutes,” he said. “(Delta) kept putting on pressure and they finally squeaked through at the end.”
After Thursday’s 4-1 loss against Battle Mountain, Tripp said he had a good talk with his team and changed the pace of the warm-ups.
The Bulldogs ran sprints and ran through some plays before the game, he said.
Tripp said his main focus was to get his team playing hard right at the start.
“Overall I think the team’s performance was a 10,” he said. “They keep improving vastly and (Friday) we won the middle of the field.”
After Delta’s final goal, the Bulldogs still had a few good looks on goal.
Tripp said the added pressure was eventually too much for his halfbacks.
“There was a lot of pressure in the last 10 minutes because we needed to win,” he said. “It was just a little too much, and we missed some big opportunities.”
The Bulldogs will play at 6 p.m. April 11 at WSL rival Steamboat Springs High School.
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