The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team couldn’t score Saturday and fell 6-0 to Western Slope League leader Glenwood Springs at home.
The Bulldogs (2-7 overall, 1-7 WSL) played the Demons (8-1 overall, 7-0 WSL) tight for the first 30 minutes at Woodbury Sports Complex and looked to be heading into the half down 1-0.
But, Glenwood capitalized on some breaks and broken defenses to score two late goals in the first half to head into the break up 3-0.
Head coach Harry Tripp said he thinks a long week caught up to his team Saturday.
“We had four games this week and it was a grueling task,” he said. “We played tough defense all week and I think it took a toll on us and we weren’t as strong (Saturday).”
The Bulldogs lost 3-0 on April 11 in Steamboat Springs, and also fell 2-1 on April 12 in Palisade. The team defeated Eagle Valley 2-0 on Friday.
Tripp said he could see his team was tired before the game began.
“In our warm-ups before the game, the whole team looked tired,” he said. “We were playing the number one team in the league in our last game of the week, so we had no gas left in the tank.”
The Bulldogs had only seven shots on goal compared to Glenwood’s 22.
Tripp said the Demons exploited some holes in his team’s defense.
“We had some holes early in the game and Glenwood was able to get through them,” he said. “We played a good game, but we didn’t communicate until the second half.”
Tripp said he wants to work on offensive strategies before the Bulldogs play Rifle on Thursday.
Communication between halfbacks Justine Hathhorn, Kelsie Pomeroy and Kelly Ciesco, Tripp said, will be key.
“We have some critiquing to do and our fullbacks have to allow our halfbacks to help them in midfield,” he said. “I told Justine and Kelsie after the game that if they don’t see anything, stop, turn and get the ball set up.”
The Bulldogs lost 8-1 on March 21 in Glenwood in the second game of the season.
Tripp said Saturday was a better showing for his team.
“In the last game, it was 6-0 at half and we couldn’t do much against them,” he said. “It was 3-0 this time, but it could have easily been 1-0, but we stepped up more this time around."
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