MCHS girls soccer falls, 1-0, in season opener

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The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team struggled in the first game of the season Thursday at Central Grand Junction High School, falling 1-0. Head coach Harry Tripp said despite some flaws, the defense, led by junior Rose Howe, pictured above, did a great job limiting the Warriors offense.

Results ...

Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s game Thursday at Central Grand Junction High School:

(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)

• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0

• Central — 1 — 0 — 1

MCHS goalie statistics:

(Name — goals against — saves)

• Skylar Tripp — 1 — 19

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s rust became apparent early in the first half of Thursday’s season-opening game at Central Grand Junction High School.

As Central set up for a free kick outside the penalty box, the Bulldogs rushed around to get their wall set up, all the while talking back and forth with goalie Skylar Tripp.

The Warriors didn’t waste any time in taking advantage of the Bulldogs confusion, sneaking the ball past Skylar’s hands for the only goal of the game, beating Moffat County, 1-0.

“I felt the girls played a good game, it was just their first time outside and they weren’t use to playing on grass,” head coach Harry Tripp said. “There are things we need to work on, like being prepared all the time and not waiting for the other team or the refs like on the free kick.

“It will all come as the season progresses and we are outside more.”

The Bulldogs (0-1 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League) spent the first week and a half of practice in the MCHS gymnasium because of snow and wet field conditions.

Harry said the ball rolls a lot faster on the gym floor than on the grass, and the girls weren’t use to the resistance the grass provided.

“Our offense was not quite there (Thursday),” he said. “We hit a lot of through balls too hard and they just kept going to the opponent’s goalie.”

Last season, Harry said the Bulldogs were more defensive-minded, but this year he wants to produce more offense.

With seniors Kelly Ciesco, Karen Bolton and Frida Meijer servings the Moffat County’s forwards, Harry said the offense showed signs of explosiveness Thursday.

“The girls really worked well together up front,” he said. “They communicated and passed well, getting off 10 shots. In the second half, when they started to get things going, they got a little tired, but they showed they will be able to score.”

Defensively, Harry said the girls did a great job helping out Skylar, who took over the goalie position this year.

Led by juniors Bailey Hellander and Rose Howe, the Bulldogs only allowed 20 shots on goal.

Sophomore Brenna Ciesco, however, was the standout player of the game, Harry said.

“Brenna stepped up and did a really good job as our center halfback,” he said. “She was our playmaker, our brains of the operation, and did a great job collecting the ball and distributing it to the other players.”

The Bulldogs play at 11 a.m. today at Delta High School in their first league match-up.

Despite Thursday’s loss, Harry said the program is on the upswing and the more the girls get out on the field, the better they will get.

“Thursday was the first time a lot of girls wore cleats this year,” he said. “They didn’t really have the feel of the ground and once we get the little things cleaned up, we will really get things going.”

Note: The MCHS girls junior varsity soccer team fell 3-0 Thursday against Central Grand Junction.

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