Moffat County junior Brenna Ciesco (center) battles for the ball between two Coal Ridge defenders Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex. The Titans bested the Bulldogs, 5-1.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Moffat County junior Brenna Ciesco (center) battles for the ball between two Coal Ridge defenders Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex. The Titans bested the Bulldogs, 5-1.

Moffat County girls soccer falls to Coal Ridge

Junior varsity result

Moffat County and Coal Ridge JV teams also battled Saturday at Woodbury, finishing at a 0-0 tie.

— Back on the field for its third game in three days, the Moffat County girls soccer team came up short against Coal Ridge in Craig.

The Bulldogs came out strong but could not sustain their play throughout the game, losing 5-1 to the Titans. Although it was a setback for Moffat County (4-4), head coach Harry Tripp saw plenty to be happy about and thought the game was closer than its final score.

Coal Ridge controlled the ball for the first 10 minutes of the game, but it was Moffat County that first broke through on the scoreboard. With some good work inside the box, Tori Snyder pushed a pass across the goal where Jazmine Swindler finished it to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead midway through the half.

“That was what we talked about, coming out strong,” Tripp said. “We thought Coal Ridge was going to be cocky because they beat us 4-0 last time, so we wanted to show them something. I think (the goal) really made them mad.”

In the final 10 minutes of the half, the Titans came back. Kelsey Fauser scored two goals after long passes got her behind the defense, and Fauser’s finishes were strong.

“That second goal especially, I don’t think a professional would have saved that,” Tripp said. “Just a great shot that beat us there.”

In the second half, Moffat County struggled to create anything on the offensive end. They battled a gusting headwind and some fatigue, Tripp said, as a result of a physical game.

“I think we got a little tired,” he said. “We had some injuries we were working around from the physical play. But those are the little things we’ve got to play through. We knew this was going to be a battle.”

Meanwhile, the Titans pushed the game out of reach. Early in the half, Aileen Galaviz scored, and 10 minutes later, a clearance from defender Brittany Young took a high bounce over the head of Bulldogs goalkeeper Skylar Tripp. It bounced into the net for a 4-1 lead.

The loss halted Moffat County’s winning streak but did not doom the Bulldogs’ playoff chances. They sit in fifth place in the Western Slope League, with important games coming up.

“We’ve got games against teams at our level coming up, so they will be big for us,” Tripp said. “We’re still right there and have a chance to move up if we can beat Roaring Fork and Aspen.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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