It wasn’t a tale of two halves, but each half had two tales Monday at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The Moffat County boys soccer team hosted Roaring Fork and despite making a comeback in the first half, didn’t have the same intensity in the second frame and fell, 5-2.
The improvement the Bulldogs have shown in recent weeks was not enough to overcome a tough Roaring Fork squad, which outmatched Moffat County in the second half.
Head coach Rusty Cox said it was a case of the Bulldogs losing some of their drive during intermission.
“They just kind of laid off,” Cox said. “I’m not sure what to say about it. They went into a defensive mode, and then (Roaring Fork) was winning in the middle and getting good touches and nice passes.”
The game looked like it could get ugly early on, when Eduardo Medina scored on a header off a corner kick two minutes into the game. One minute later, Jack Fisher capitalized on a poor defensive clearance by the Bulldogs to put Roaring Fork up 2-0.
But Moffat County righted the ship, corrected its mistakes and began to push the ball forward more.
The team finally broke through with 8:49 to play in the half when Alex Perez broke free on an excellent through pass from Nestor Arrellano. All alone, Perez buried his shot in the back of the net.
Perez would score again with three minutes left, equalizing the game. The second time he did most of the work himself, tracking down a pass, then dribbling around multiple Roaring Fork defenders before finding the space to score.
With a tie game going into the half and the momentum firmly in Moffat County’s corner, the game was looking much brighter. But Roaring Fork came out strong again, scoring with 31:35 to play when Dakotah Grett found the net after good ball movement.
Once again the Rams’ goals came in pairs, as Enrique Abarca would score two minutes later on a free kick placed nicely in the corner of the goal.
Roaring Fork looked better in the second half, but Moffat County did not. The Bulldogs were not able to create as many or as good of scoring chances as they did in the first frame.
Cox said another problem was the Bulldogs did not control the middle of the field.
“We’ve just got to stay strong,” he said. “We relaxed a little bit, so we’ve got to work harder and we’ve got to get to more balls in the middle. We lost too many balls in the middle of the field. Our communication wasn’t great either, we’ve got to stay strong there.”
Ben Carpenter found the net for Roaring Fork on a rebound with eight minutes left to seal the deal.
On Tuesday things did not get any easier for the Bulldogs. They played WSL-leading Coal Ridge and lost, 2-0. While a significant improvement on the team's 11-1 loss to Coal Ridge earlier in the year, the loss still likely extinguished Moffat County's playoff chances.
The losses dropped Moffat County to 5-9 this season.
The Bulldogs will close out their regular season Thursday, with a game against Delta at Loudy-Simpson.
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