Alex Samuelson fights for the ball with a Rangely defender Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex in Craig. Moffat County girls soccer won, 7-0, and improved to 7-5 this season.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Alex Samuelson fights for the ball with a Rangely defender Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex in Craig. Moffat County girls soccer won, 7-0, and improved to 7-5 this season.

Moffat County soccer beats Rangely; now in playoff position

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— In another important Western Slope League game, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team rose to the occasion and recorded a win.

The Bulldogs expected to win their home game against Rangely on Saturday, but taking care of business was still important, and they did just that, winning 7-0 at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Allie Ehlers started the scoring for Moffat County, curling a corner kick into the net midway through the first half. The junior would add another goal for the Bulldogs when she received a drop pass outside the 18-yard box and used the space to loop in another shot.

The 2-0 lead would last through halftime for Moffat County, which had a host of chances and dominated possession but was unable to finish a couple more scoring chances in the opening frame. In the second half, the Bulldogs did not have the same problem.

“In the second half they came out and took it seriously,” head coach Harry Tripp said. “I’m glad they did that. All in all it was a really good second (half).”

Kylee Gorringe volleyed a cross into the back of the net after a corner kick to get the Bulldogs going in the second half. Delanie Baker would add another goal a few minutes later, lacing a shot from the wing just beyond the outstretched hands of Rangely goalkeeper Simone Heinle to make it 4-0.

Ehlers would later play a long ball ahead to Jazmine Swindler, who tracked it down and did the rest, beating a defender and tucking a shot into the upper corner. Later, Bailey Hellander got the ball and dribbled around and past four Rangely defenders before finishing. Katia Voloshin, who came in late in the first and second halves, got in on the scoring as well, finishing a cross from Swindler to provide the 7-0 final.

“I was glad they came out and took it to (Rangely),” Tripp said. “We needed that, because we’re going to need it come Monday.”

Moffat County takes on Aspen in Craig on Monday in what will be one of the biggest games of the season for both teams. The winner controls their own postseason destiny. Moffat County (7-5, 6-4 WSL) currently sits in the fourth and final playoff spot ahead of Aspen (5-4-2, 4-3).

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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