The boys soccer team from Moffat County High School suffered another tough defeat Thursday after surrendering another late goal under odd circumstances.
The Bulldogs played Colorado Rocky Mountain High School Thursday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, and while the weather was much nicer than the team’s game Tuesday vs. Rifle, the result was similar.
MCHS battled from behind for much of the game to gain a 3-3 tie, but gave up a goal with just over six minutes to play and lost, 4-3.
The goal came after a punt from the Rocky Mountain goalkeeper, which was allowed to bounce and then was misplayed by Moffat County defenders, which resulted in an easy, game-winning goal.
The loss was another difficult one for the Bulldogs, who fell in overtime to Rifle Tuesday.
Head coach Rusty Cox said he knows what will be worked on in the team’s upcoming practices.
“We’re still struggling with our containment in our midfield,” Cox said. “I keep looking up and I have nobody in the midfield. We’ve got to have that. The defense can’t just keep getting hammered like that and not expect goals to go in.”
Cox played five midfielders Thursday, an alignment that looks to control the ball, especially in the middle of the field. But he said too often his midfielders were either too far back or too far forward, and that puts the team out of position.
“That midfield’s got to play their position,” Cox said. “It’s the hardest position to understand. It’s a lot of work and being able to read the field. But we’ve got to get more control in the center.”
Another problem for the Bulldogs was losing three starters to injury over the course of the game, including senior Bryant Cox, the team’s leading scorer coming into the game.
Still, Cox chose to look at the positives coming from the game.
“It was better than last game,” he said. “We didn’t just give up the goofy goals kicking it up the center of the field. At least we didn’t make the same mistakes we did the other day. That means we’re moving forward in my mind.”
The Bulldogs’ next game is at Berthoud High School at 1 p.m. Saturday. It will be another opportunity to correct their previous mistakes.
“I don’t like to lose no matter what,” Cox said. “But we’ve got a lot of young guys. We fixed one thing, and now it’s another. We’re getting there.”
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