Kelly Ciesco, a Moffat County High School senior, tracks down the ball Tuesday against Palisade High School at Woodbury Sports Complex. Ciesco scored her second goal of the season Tuesday, but the MCHS girls varsity soccer team couldn’t slow Palisade’s offense in a 6-1 loss.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Kelly Ciesco, a Moffat County High School senior, tracks down the ball Tuesday against Palisade High School at Woodbury Sports Complex. Ciesco scored her second goal of the season Tuesday, but the MCHS girls varsity soccer team couldn’t slow Palisade’s offense in a 6-1 loss.

MCHS girls soccer shows fatigue in 6-1 loss to Palisade

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Brittany Walker, a Moffat County High School sophomore, steals the ball from a Palisade defender Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex.

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

(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)

• Moffat County — 0 — 1 — 1

• Palisade — 3 — 3 — 6

Scoring summary:

1st half

(Time — team scored — score)

• 16:38 — Palisade goal — 1-0

• 27:46 — Palisade goal — 2-0

• 35:00 — Palisade goal — 3-0

2nd half

• 15:08 — Palisade goal — 4-0

• 18:45 — Senior Kelly Ciesco goal, Moffat County — 4-1

• 35:30 — Palisade goal — 5-1

• 37:15 — Palisade goal — 6-1

MCHS goalie statistics:

(Name — shots against — saves)

• Skylar Tripp — 45 — 39

Time and again Tuesday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s defense could not gain control of the middle of the field.

The Bulldogs hosted Palisade High School at Woodbury Sports Complex in the team’s first game since March 30.

Moffat County played even for the first 15 minutes, but Palisade finally got their passes to connect and scored the game’s first goal in the 17th minute.

Palisade continued to use what worked, scoring three goals each half to rout the Bulldogs, 6-1.

“In the first half we made little mistakes that cost us, but we played good,” Bulldogs head coach Harry Tripp said. “But in the second half, we ran out of gas and couldn’t keep up. Everyone was gone for spring break, so fatigue really hurt them.”

The Bulldogs (0-7 overall, 0-5 Western Slope League) struggled to get their offense going in the first half, never able to set up plays when the ball was in Palisade’s zone.

Palisade (3-3 overall, 2-1 WSL) scored their second and third goals of the first half with shots over MCHS junior goalie Skylar Tripp’s head in the 28th and 35th minutes, respectively.

Harry said Palisade figured out how to make cuts at midfield, which was the difference.

“Palisade’s full back made the cut and her teammate connected with a pass on the cross and they plugged it in,” he said. “I told my full backs that most of their shots come from the middle of the field, but we had no answer for their tough offense.”

After another Palisade goal early in the second half, senior Kelly Ciesco scored for the Bulldogs on a breakaway down the middle in the 59th minute to put the score at 4-1.

Ciesco has the only two goals on the season for the Bulldogs, but Harry said the team might have found a formation that will yield results.

“In the second half, we changed things up and played a 4-5-1 formation to try and win the middle,” he said. “I told Kelly if she could run, to run with it, and we had some good passes and Kelly had a good shot.

“The passing aspect has been where we have struggled and I felt we were too panicky in the first half, but I think we will try this in the next game.”

The 4-5-1 formation may also help the Bulldogs control the middle of the field defensively in future games, Harry said.

“The middle is where Palisade totally won the battle (Tuesday),” he said. “If we have five halfbacks and a triangle up front, I think we can help our defenders and then Kelly and Kelsie (Pomeroy) will get more shots on goal.”

Palisade scored their final two goals of the game in the closing five minutes, one off a corner kick and the other due to blown defensive coverage.

Skylar faced 45 shots Tuesday, saving 39.

Harry said when a goalie faces too many shots, eventually it catches up to them and the defense needs to help limit the shot count.

“Our defense played flat footed and Bailey (Hellander) and Rose (Howe) were playing too close,” he said. “I think fatigue caught up to them in the second half, but we have to be able to shut down shots from the middle better than we did (Tuesday).”

The Bulldogs travel Friday to play Eagle Valley High School.

Harry said for the Bulldogs to get their first win, they need to play better defense.

“Our communication has gotten better, so if we can play solid defense, I think we can open things up,” he said. “If we get good passes and get through balls, we will be off to the races.”

Time and again Tuesday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s defense could not gain control of the middle of the field.

The Bulldogs hosted Palisade High School at Woodbury Sports Complex in the team’s first game since March 30.

Moffat County played even for the first 15 minutes, but Palisade finally got their passes to connect and scored the game’s first goal in the 17th minute.

Palisade continued to use what worked, scoring three goals each half to rout the Bulldogs, 6-1.

“In the first half we made little mistakes that cost us, but we played good,” Bulldogs head coach Harry Tripp said. “But in the second half, we ran out of gas and couldn’t keep up. Everyone was gone for spring break, so fatigue really hurt them.”

The Bulldogs (0-7 overall, 0-5 Western Slope League) struggled to get their offense going in the first half, never able to set up plays when the ball was in Palisade’s zone.

Palisade (3-3 overall, 2-1 WSL) scored their second and third goals of the first half with shots over MCHS junior goalie Skylar Tripp’s head in the 28th and 35th minutes, respectively.

Harry said Palisade figured out how to make cuts at midfield, which was the difference.

“Palisade’s full back made the cut and her teammate connected with a pass on the cross and they plugged it in,” he said. “I told my full backs that most of their shots come from the middle of the field, but we had no answer for their tough offense.”

After another Palisade goal early in the second half, senior Kelly Ciesco scored for the Bulldogs on a breakaway down the middle in the 59th minute to put the score at 4-1.

Ciesco has the only two goals on the season for the Bulldogs, but Harry said the team might have found a formation that will yield results.

“In the second half, we changed things up and played a 4-5-1 formation to try and win the middle,” he said. “I told Kelly if she could run, to run with it, and we had some good passes and Kelly had a good shot.

“The passing aspect has been where we have struggled and I felt we were too panicky in the first half, but I think we will try this in the next game.”

The 4-5-1 formation may also help the Bulldogs control the middle of the field defensively in future games, Harry said.

“The middle is where Palisade totally won the battle (Tuesday),” he said. “If we have five halfbacks and a triangle up front, I think we can help our defenders and then Kelly and Kelsie (Pomeroy) will get more shots on goal.”

Palisade scored their final two goals of the game in the closing five minutes, one off a corner kick and the other due to blown defensive coverage.

Skylar faced 45 shots Tuesday, saving 39.

Harry said when a goalie faces too many shots, eventually it catches up to them and the defense needs to help limit the shot count.

“Our defense played flat footed and Bailey (Hellander) and Rose (Howe) were playing too close,” he said. “I think fatigue caught up to them in the second half, but we have to be able to shut down shots from the middle better than we did (Tuesday).”

The Bulldogs travel Friday to play Eagle Valley High School.

Harry said for the Bulldogs to get their first win, they need to play better defense.

“Our communication has gotten better, so if we can play solid defense, I think we can open things up,” he said. “If we get good passes and get through balls, we will be off to the races.”

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