Craig The Moffat County High School girls soccer team had no issues scoring in its first home game of the season.
The Bulldogs had scored just once in its first three games of the season, but some outdoors practices had head coach Harry Tripp optimistic the team’s offensive troubles were bound to change sooner rather than later. He was right.
Moffat County peppered the goal with shots Thursday at Woodbury Sports Complex and found the net five times in a 5-0 win against Vail Christian.
Allie Ehlers notched her first goal of the season eight minutes into the game off a pass from Brittany Walker. The junior received the ball near the 18-yard box and placed the ball nicely into the corner of the net.
Then, with 15 minutes left in the half, Tori Snyder scored to make it 2-0. The senior darted in and redirected a pass from Brenna Ciesco just in front of the goal line after Ciesco got the rebound on a shot off the crossbar from defender Bretta Buchanan.
Constant offensive pressure and control was a theme for Moffat County throughout both halves.
“They did good, the passing was good and I don’t know how many shots we had on goal,” Tripp said. “It was a lot.”
In the second half, defender Rose Howe got on the board with a penalty-kick goal just two minutes into the frame.
Bailey Hellander became the Bulldogs’ second defensive player to score in the game, taking a drop pass and lofting it over the goalie’s head from almost 30 yards out to make it 4-0.
With less than four minutes remaining, Ciesco, an orchestrator of much of Moffat County’s offense in the middle, found the net herself for the final score.
Tripp said even just a couple days of practicing shooting have made a difference.
“Getting out here and shooting on an actual net has made a big difference,” he said. “We finished much better today.”
The Saints did not possess the ball much in Moffat County’s defensive half of the field, but when it did go there, it was typically cleared quickly.
“We have our whole team back,” Tripp said. “That defense is our core, they did a great job every time the ball came their way.”
Moffat County improved to 1-3 on the season and will take on Rangely High School on Friday in Rangely. Tripp thinks with the way they played Thursday, the Bulldogs are ready to start a streak.
“That was a good win,” he said. “Their confidence is soaring right now. I think we will be able to build on this.”
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