Moffat County goalkeeper Alex Arellano, right, snatches up the ball as Roaring Fork's Dakotah Grett (6) attempts a header and the Bulldogs' Brenden Spencer defends during Saturday's game at Roaring Fork. The ball cleared Grett's head as Arellano hauled it in.

Jeff Caspersen/Post Independent

Moffat County goalkeeper Alex Arellano, right, snatches up the ball as Roaring Fork's Dakotah Grett (6) attempts a header and the Bulldogs' Brenden Spencer defends during Saturday's game at Roaring Fork. The ball cleared Grett's head as Arellano hauled it in.

Moffat County soccer falls at Roaring Fork

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— Long before the opening kickoff, the odds began to stack up against Moffat County’s boys soccer team in its Saturday game at Roaring Fork.

“It got away from us when we left home and two guys didn’t show up today,” Bulldogs coach Rusty Cox lamented. “We had a starter that didn’t show up, so it started bad. We had to juggle our lineup a little bit.”

That meant a number of freshmen logging big minutes. Mix in composure issues and it just wasn’t meant to be for Moffat County on Saturday. Getting their lone goal from Alan Flores, the Bulldogs suffered a 4-1 defeat in Carbondale.

“There was just a little bit of frustration, really, on our part,” Cox said. “We’re doing better, but we just have to stay consistent. The problem is we start getting frustrated and fall apart.”

Flores’ first-half goal came on an indirect free kick off an assist from Bryant Cox.

Roaring Fork packed all of its four goals into the first half.

Erik Carrillo scored two goals for the Rams, who also got scores from Jack Fisher and Enrique Abarca. Abarca’s goal, which came on a penalty kick, rounded out the final count late in the first half. He placed a sharp roller to the left of diving Moffat County goalkeeper Alex Arellano.

Teamwork got the job done for Roaring Fork on a warm autumn afternoon.

“We listened to the coach and went away from pressure and passed the ball,” Carrillo said. “We got some good shots in the goal. We had lots of teamwork and communication.”

Added Roaring Fork coach Aaron Anderson: “We sprayed the ball around the way that we can. We switched around to the point of attack the way that we can. We didn’t keep knocking it straight down the field. We passed it from sideline to sideline and just looked for openings. It worked out really well.”

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 1-5 overall. Roaring Fork improved to 5-2.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com

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