For 20 minutes Monday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team battled with Glenwood Springs.
Then, the Demons found holes in the Bulldogs’ defense.
Glenwood jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the half and only allowed the Bulldogs (0-2 overall, 0-2 Western Slope League) to put the ball in the net once, capturing an 8-1 victory on their home field.
MCHS coach Harry Tripp said his team started the game out great, but faltered as it continued.
“We came out of the gate pretty good and we switched things up position wise to start the game,” he said. “It was 0-0 for the first 20 minutes, then Glenwood stacked their offense and got through our defense and we couldn’t keep up.”
Tripp said the Demons (3-0 overall, 2-0 WSL) were able to get four or five almost perfect shots in the corner of the net that were hard to defend.
The lack of help from the halfbacks is what ultimately doomed the Bulldogs’ defense, Tripp said.
“I don’t think our halfbacks showed up against Glenwood,” he said. “In the second half, our defense was basically outnumbered 7-on-4 and that hurt us a lot.”
MCHS senior Justine Hathhorn scored the Bulldogs’ only goal, assisted by junior Erica Quenonis.
Tripp said he told his team to stop backing up on its heels after the lack of offensive production in the first half.
“In the second half, our offense made more opportunities and started getting shots off,” he said. “We had zero shots on goal in the first half and about 14 or 15 in the second.
“If we would have played the first half like the second, I think we may have been able to score more often.”
Tripp said Hathhorn helped the offense significantly in the second half.
“Justine hustled and tried to create opportunities for herself and others,” he said. “That is why she was able to get a breakaway shot and score.”
Tripp said when his team is able to get outside on a regular basis the performance will improve.
“You could tell Glenwood has been outside a lot and been shooting on regulation size nets,” he said. “We have only been able to be outside a limited number of days and we are still practicing on little nets.”
The Bulldogs will play Grand Valley High School at 4 p.m. Friday at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.
Tripp said he wants to work on passing drills before his team’s first home game.
“The girls need to watch where they put the ball,” he said. “Instead of passing to the person, they need to pass to the open space so their teammate can run up and go with the ball.”
Note: The MCHS girls junior varsity soccer team lost 6-0 to Glenwood Springs on Monday.
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