Kelsie Pomeroy, center right, a Moffat County High School junior, pushes the ball downfield past defenders March 7 outside MCHS. Pomeroy and senior Kelly Ciesco return from last season to help lead the MCHS girls varsity soccer team’s offense this year.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Kelsie Pomeroy, center right, a Moffat County High School junior, pushes the ball downfield past defenders March 7 outside MCHS. Pomeroy and senior Kelly Ciesco return from last season to help lead the MCHS girls varsity soccer team’s offense this year.

MCHS girls soccer team looks to break records in 2012

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Bailey Hellander, a Moffat County High School junior, looks to clear the ball out of the defensive zone March 7 outside MCHS. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team has won five games each of the past two seasons, tying a school record, and the Bulldogs will look to make a push for the playoffs this season.

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Harry Tripp

Team at a glance ...

Coach:

• Harry Tripp

Seniors:

• Karen Bolton, forward

• Kelly Ciesco, forward

• Frida Meijer, forward

2011 record:

• 5-10 overall, 2-10 Western Slope League

By the numbers:

2: Two players received Western Slope League honors after last season — senior Kelly Ciesco and junior Bailey Hellander. Ciesco received all-conference honors while Hellander was named an honorable mention.

5: The Bulldogs have won a school record five games in each of the past two seasons.

15: Moffat County’s top two leading scorers from last season — senior Kelly Ciesco and junior Kelsie Pomeroy — combined to score 15 goals for the Bulldogs. Both are expected to start this season.

Schedule ...

Remaining 2012 Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer schedule:

(Time — date — place — opponent)

• 4 p.m. — March 23 — away — Grand Valley High School

• 4 p.m. — March 29 — away — Battle Mountain High School

• 4 p.m. — March 30 — home — Steamboat Springs High School

• 4 p.m. — April 10 — home — Palisade High School

• 4 p.m. — April 13 — away — Eagle Valley High School

• 6 p.m. — April 16 — away — Glenwood Springs High School

• 4 p.m. — April 19 — home — Rifle High School

• 4 p.m. — April 21 — away — Palisade High School

• 4 p.m. — April 24 — home — Delta High School

• 4 p.m. — April 26 — home — Eagle Valley High School

• 10 a.m. — April 28 — home — Glenwood Springs High School

• 4 p.m. — May 4 — home — Battle Mountain High School

Remaining 2012 Moffat County High School girls junior varsity soccer schedule:

(Time — date — place — opponent)

• 5:30 p.m. — March 23 — away — Grand Valley High School

• 5:45 p.m. — March 29 — away — Battle Mountain High School

• 6 p.m. — March 30 — home — Steamboat Springs High School

• 6 p.m. — April 10 — home — Palisade High School

• 5:30 p.m. — April 13 — away — Eagle Valley High School

• 4 p.m. — April 16 — away — Glenwood Springs High School

• 5:30 p.m. — April 19 — home — Rifle High School

• 6 p.m. — April 21 — away — Palisade High School

• 5:30 p.m. — April 24 — home — Delta High School

• 6 p.m. — April 26 — home — Eagle Valley High School

• 11:30 a.m. — April 28 — home — Glenwood Springs High School

• 6 p.m. — May 4 — home — Battle Mountain High School

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team has one number in mind this season, and that is five.

With Harry Tripp at the helm the past two seasons, the Bulldogs have won a school-record five games each year.

Not only do Harry and his players want to break the school record, but getting over five wins means the team can make a push for the playoffs.

“We definitely want to make a push for the playoffs this year, and I think we have the group of girls to do it,” Harry said. “Once we can get the whole team on track, we have a shot at winning games. The girls are friends, so they can work better together on connecting with passes and knowing what each other should be doing.

“This season, we want to break the record.”

The key, Harry said, is going to be the offensive attack.

Led by seniors Kelly Ciesco, Karen Bolton, Frida Meijer and junior Kelsie Pomeroy, Harry said the Bulldogs are going to have to score more goals this season if they hope to win more games.

“We have more power for us in our forwards, and that was something we lacked last year,” he said. “I think we have a strong outside and inside game and we will be able to run the ball down and get some through balls to connect so we can score.

“It really just comes down to scoring more so we can build up our confidence early in games.”

Ciesco, who was a captain last season and the only Bulldog player to be named to the Western Slope League all-conference team, said she plans to take on a bigger leadership role this season.

“I want to try and set a positive example for all my team members and make sure we all have the same goal of winning,” she said. “We have less girls this season, but it feels like we are all closer and we have all played on the same team for years, so I think being very familiar with each other is going to help.”

Harry said it wouldn’t be hard for Ciesco to win over the team as a leader because she always leads by example.

“Kelly is always pushing on the field and she has speed and finesse to take a goalie one-on-one,” he said. “In warm-ups, she is always pushing to the max and all the girls look up to her as a leader, and I think she will fill that role beautifully.”

The Bulldogs also will have to look to fill some voids on the defensive side of the ball with some of the top players graduating last year.

Harry said players like junior Rose Howe will be counted on to step up on defense, but the team will rely a lot on a new goalie, junior Skylar Tripp.

“Skylar got a big confidence boost over the summer at the camps we attended,” Harry said. “She learned so much at the camp and she took what she was taught and became a more aggressive goalie. She comes out and attacks with the defense to make stops.”

For Ciesco, a trip to the playoffs and more than five wins would be the ultimate prize in her final year, but she said she also has personal goals.

One in particular, Ciesco said, is beating Delta, to whom the Bulldogs fell twice last season.

“We couldn’t beat Delta last year and we were so close,” she said. “I think we have the right chemistry as a team and the right players to have one of our best seasons yet. And if we can get past Delta, I think we can get to the playoffs.”

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