Moffat County High School senior Alan Flores makes a pass at a team practice last week. Flores and the boys soccer team played well at four scrimmages in Denver last Saturday.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Moffat County High School senior Alan Flores makes a pass at a team practice last week. Flores and the boys soccer team played well at four scrimmages in Denver last Saturday.

Kicking into Gear

Boys soccer plays well in Denver

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Bryant Cox, a Moffat County High School senior, dribbles toward the goal at practice Monday evening at Loudy-Simpson Park. The boys soccer team season begins at Coal Ridge High School Sept. 4.

Quotable...

"We did good. Considering how exhausted these guys were and how tore up they were, I was very impressed with my team."

—Rusty Cox, MCHS boys soccer coach, about his team's performance at scrimmage day in Denver

Aside from some tired legs, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team is feeling good a week before its first regular season game.

The team spent last weekend in Denver and played in a scrimmage competition hosting teams from across the state in all classifications.

The Bulldogs played four games Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. and finishing up after 7 p.m. By the end of the day they were spent, but head coach Rusty Cox said there were plenty of good takeaways from the games.

"All-in-all, it was a good day," Cox said. "We did good. Considering how exhausted these guys were and how tore up they were, I was very impressed with my team."

MCHS played Glenwood Springs High School in its first game of the day and delivered against the 4A opponent. Glenwood Springs is a school MCHS has played in league games in years past, but the team's move to Class-3A this season means Glenwood is off the schedule.

The Bulldogs also took on 3A opponent Manual High School and 5A teams from Highlands Ranch High School and Rampart High School.

Against Highlands Ranch, Cox said his team's effort was poor and they were beaten easily because of it. But, Cox said they recognized their mistakes and came back with a vengeance against Rampart.

"Even though we fell apart a bit in the third game, it was still positive," he said. "These guys really realized the mistakes they made and how crucial those mistakes are. They came back that fourth game and played good. And that was against a big school."

Rampart was able to substitute an entire second team's worth of players, making them much fresher than the Bulldogs, who had just a handful of subs, in the day's final game.

Still, Moffat County players felt they held their own overall.

"I think we played pretty good," senior Alan Flores said. "It was pretty alright overall."

"The third one we, that was one we had more trouble with," senior Jaime Sanchez said. "Then the last (game), we tried a little harder and played better.

Flores and Cox both said there is work to be done, especially up front. Senior Eric Silva said the team needs to pass better and talk more.

The team's first regular season game will come Sept. 4 at Coal Ridge High School. With just over a week to play, the team's attitude is simple, Flores said.

"Win every game."

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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