Harry Tripp said he wants his team to get more shots on goal in the second half of the season.
On Thursday at Rifle High School, Tripp, the head coach of the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team, got what he asked for.
The Bulldogs had about 45 shots on goal against the Bears en route to a 3-0 road victory, rebounding from a shutout loss to Glenwood Springs on April 16.
“The offense had a good game with good cross passes and good corner kicks,” Tripp said. “We had some missed opportunities, but everyone had a good game.”
Sophomore Kelsie Pomeroy struck first for the Bulldogs (3-7 overall, 1-7 Western Slope League) and junior Kelly Ciesco added another before halftime.
Pomeroy scored again in the second period, accounting for the Bulldogs’ fourth multi-goal game of the season.
Tripp said his team was able to control the middle of the field in large part because of Ciesco and sophomore Rose Howe.
“Rose was able to collect the ball at midfield and distribute to the outside and into the lane,” he said. “Her play opened the field up and allowed Bailey (Hellander) to be all over the place.”
The MCHS halfbacks, Tripp said, were the difference in the game, but they had trouble “finishing.”
“We had a ball go off the cross bar and some passes that weren’t on spot,” he said. “We could have beat Rifle by more if we would have made some of the goals we should have.”
The defense, however, played a lackluster game, Tripp said.
“Our defense played a lackadaisical game and Imelda (Hernandez) shouldn’t have had to make eight saves,” he said. “We have beaten Rifle for the past two or three years, so I think we took them for granted. The girls went in with the mindset, ‘Oh, it’s just Rifle.’”
Tripp said defensive players didn’t put enough pressure on the Bears (4-5-1 overall) and the field conditions factored in.
“The field was really hard and the ball bounced everywhere,” he said. “We didn’t square our feet and just played a little flat footed.”
The Bulldogs will host Palisade High School (4-5-1 overall, 4-2-1 WSL) at 11 a.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.
On April 12, MCHS battled Palisade in a double overtime game at Mesa State College. Palisade prevailed with a goal in the second overtime for the 2-1 victory.
Tripp said if his offense steps up and plays the way they have been lately, his team has a chance for redemption.
“We have to control the middle of the field and our halfbacks have to take more shots like they did against Rifle,” he said. “We pushed them to overtime last time, so if we have tough defense, I think we can win.”
Click here to have the print version of the Craig Daily Press delivered to your home.