Rose Howe, right, takes the ball from a Battle Mountain High School defender March 31 at Woodbury Sports Complex. The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team pushed Palisade to two overtimes Tuesday, but Palisade took advantage of a fortunate bounce to win, 2-1.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Rose Howe, right, takes the ball from a Battle Mountain High School defender March 31 at Woodbury Sports Complex. The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team pushed Palisade to two overtimes Tuesday, but Palisade took advantage of a fortunate bounce to win, 2-1.

Unlucky break causes MCHS girls soccer team to drop tough game in overtime

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Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s game Tuesday against Palisade High School:

(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — overtime —final)

Moffat County — 0 — 1 — 0 — 1

Palisade — 1 — 0 — 1 — 2

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — goals)

Kylee Gorringe — 1

Sometimes it only takes one lucky bounce.

Unfortunately for the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team, that lucky bounce went to the opposing team Tuesday night. MCHS fell 2-1 to Palisade in a contest that included two overtimes.

Playing Palisade on the soccer field at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, MCHS came in with focus after a tough loss to Steamboat Springs the night before.

After trailing 1-0 at the half, MCHS (1-6 overall, 0-6 Western Slope League) tied things up and forced overtime.

When one overtime wasn’t enough to settle the game, the two teams battled in a second extra period.

“I could see they were getting tired,” head coach Harry Tripp said. “They battled all game long and stepped up when they needed to.”

During the second overtime, the ball took an awkward bounce off a Palisade player and ended up in possession of her teammate.

The Palisade player kicked the ball through sophomore Bailey Hellander’s legs and put the ball in the corner of the net to break the tie and give Palisade the win.

“It was just one of those bad luck bounces that don’t go your way,” Tripp said. “We knew how Palisade played, and it was a close game like we thought.”

Sophomore Kylee Gorringe scored the only goal on the night for the Bulldogs.

Gorringe, captain of the junior varsity squad, was called up to give MCHS an extra weapon against Palisade (3-3-1 overall, 3-0-1 WSL).

Her goal was set up when MCHS senior Karen Bolton shot the ball in the second half and it bounced off the cross bar and back to Gorringe, who took advantage of the Palisade goalie’s mistake to put the ball in the net.

Tripp said the offense had one of their best games of the season Tuesday.

“Against Steamboat, we were missing Rose Howe, but she was back for us against Palisade and she was what we were missing in midfield,” he said. “Rose and Bailey were able to control that area of the field and pushed the ball forward to our halfbacks.”

Tripp said his team ended up with only 12 shots on goal, but all of them were “good, crisp shots.”

The Bulldogs had a scare at the end of regulation when sophomore halfback Kelsie Pomeroy went down with an injury.

With five minutes left in regulation, Pomeroy was hit in the side of the head with the ball and was “laid out,” Tripp said.

“When Kelsie got back up, she couldn’t hear anything,” he said Wednesday. “The referee told me she was done for the day, but she is OK now.”

For the second game in as many nights, Tripp said his defense stepped up the intensity level to contain Palisade’s Natalie Combs.

“Our defense played the sidelines and got the ball across to the middle,” he said. “Combs was like our Kelly (Ciesco) in that she set up plays, but our defense disrupted her all night.”

Tripp said his team has started to come together despite having only one victory on the season.

“Everyone is starting to communicate and we are getting good passes,” he said. “From here on out, I think all the games will be close and we will start winning some of them.”

The Bulldogs will host Eagle Valley High School at 4 p.m. Friday at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.

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