Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team’s Tuesday game against Battle Mountain High School:
(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)
• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0
• Battle Mountain — 2 — 3 — 5
Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team’s Sept. 17 game at Eagle Valley High School:
(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — overtime — final)
• Moffat County — 1 — 2 — 1 — 4
• Eagle Valley — 2 — 1 — 0 — 3
Despite their best efforts, Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer players couldn’t overcome their toughest opponent all season.
Illness got the best of the Bulldogs.
Going up against Battle Mountain High School on Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park, numerous MCHS players suffered from illness in a 5-0 loss to the Huskies.
“We had a lot of guys sick and coughing out on the field,” head coach Rusty Cox said. “We were out of sync and we just didn’t play good.”
The Bulldogs (2-2-2 overall, 1-1-1 Western Slope League) were able to keep up with Battle Mountain for the first 30 minutes of the first half, but the Huskies wore MCHS down and scored two goals before the half.
Moffat County had a few missed opportunities, but Battle Mountain was in control for most of the game.
Cox, who was also suffering from a sickness, said speed and agility worked in favor of the Huskies (4-1-1 overall, 3-1 WSL).
“(Battle Mountain) didn’t do anything we didn’t anticipate, but we couldn’t even connect on our passes,” he said. “We had guys coming off the field and collapsing because of being sick. We just didn’t have the energy.”
Battle Mountain scored another goal early in the second half before Cox started substituting in his younger players.
The Bulldogs were also without junior defender Bryant Cox, who suffered a concussion in a Sept. 17 game at Eagle Valley High School.
MCHS trailed Eagle Valley 2-1 at half, but stormed back to tie the game 3-3 and force overtime.
After two consecutive tied games against Grand Junction High School and Steamboat Springs High School, the Bulldogs were able to put the ball in the net in overtime for a 4-3 victory.
“It was a hard fought battle that went back and forth,” Cox said of the Eagle Valley game. “Just going to overtime shows how tight it was and we were able to come out on top.
“Unfortunately, I think the Eagle Valley game took a lot out of us and it also affected how we played against Battle Mountain.”
The Bulldogs play Grand Junction Central High School for the second time this season Friday before traveling to Palisade High School on Saturday.
MCHS lost to Central, 2-1, at home in the season opener Sept. 2.
Cox said his team wouldn’t approach the game any different than the last time.
“We are going to go in and hope we are healthy,” he said. “We might have to dig deep, but we have to play hard.”
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