Imelda Hernandez, a Moffat County High School senior, saves a ball for the MCHS girls varsity soccer team Monday against Steamboat Springs. Despite solid play from Hernandez and the Bulldogs’ defense, the Sailors didn’t allow a goal en route to a 3-0 victory.

Photo by John F. Russell

Imelda Hernandez, a Moffat County High School senior, saves a ball for the MCHS girls varsity soccer team Monday against Steamboat Springs. Despite solid play from Hernandez and the Bulldogs’ defense, the Sailors didn’t allow a goal en route to a 3-0 victory.

MCHS girls soccer team falls, 3-0, to Steamboat Springs

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Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s game Monday against Steamboat Springs High School:(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)

Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0

Steamboat — 1 — 2 — 3

Harry Tripp said his defense would have to play big Monday to upset Western Slope League rival Steamboat Springs.

Despite a 3-0 loss, Tripp said he got exactly what he wanted from his Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team.

“Our defense played solid and finally started to talk,” he said. “Steamboat had players running down the sidelines and we were right there with them.”

The Bulldogs (1-5 overall, 0-5 WSL) trailed 1-0 at the half in Steamboat, but a stingy Sailors defense didn’t allow a score.

Tripp said his offense only had 10 shots on goal.

“If we could have won the midfield battle, I think we would have had more shots,” he said. “(Steamboat’s) defense was like a brick wall and we couldn’t get any through shots.”

The Bulldogs tried to move the ball down the sidelines more, Tripp said, which opened a hole in the middle of the field and allowed Steamboat (7-1-1 overall, 5-1 WSL) to capitalize and advance the ball.

“In the second half, we got a little more control on the middle, we just didn’t get the lucky breaks,” he said. “Steamboat seemed to be one step ahead of us and would get their foot out there to block our passes and they were off to the races.”

While Tripp said he’s usually a vocal coach during games, his players were able to pump themselves up throughout the game.

“Before the game we went through our normal routine of stretching and warm ups,” he said. “When the time came to play, they rose to the occasion and I didn’t have to do much coaching. I would sub players in when others needed a rest, then I would send them right back in after a breather.

“As a team, they played phenomenal.”

Defensively, Tripp said the team was led by five players — senior Amanda Brewer and sophomores Skylar Tripp, Bailey Hellander, Harley Germond and Kyleen Ellgen.

“The defense stayed pumped up through the whole first half and I didn’t have to say much during half time,” he said. “Every player who was on defense had a solid game and played great.”

Senior Imelda Hernandez also had a solid game, Tripp said, recording about 25 saves at the goalie position.

With the score still 1-0, Steamboat lined up for a penalty shot, but was denied by Hernandez in the net.

“All of Steamboat’s shots were in difficult positions,” Tripp said. “Imelda had a really good game and was able to make some great saves.”

The Bulldogs will have to wait until April 26 to get another shot at Steamboat, but the team will have an opportunity for a WSL victory today against Palisade.

The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be played at Mesa State College, 1100 North Ave.

“Steamboat is number two in our league, but Palisade is down by us,” Tripp said. “If we can keep up the momentum from (Monday’s) game, I think we will start winning.”

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