The Moffat County High School girls soccer team lost a nonconference road game against Fruita Monument on Wednesday, 3-0.
The Bulldogs traveled to Canyon View Park in Grand Junction to take on the Class 5A Wildcats in their penultimate game of the season. Although they lost, Bulldogs head coach Harry Tripp liked much of what he saw.
All three Fruita goals came in the first half, and the Wildcats mustered only nine shots in the entire game. To Tripp, that showed the Bulldogs were playing with Fruita for much of the match but just couldn’t make the breakthroughs to get on the scoreboard.
“That’s a good team,” Tripp said about Fruita. “But as far as our passing and the way we played, I think we did well tonight.”
The loss dropped Moffat County’s record this season to 7-6-1 but didn’t affect the Bulldogs’ playoff standings. A win would have improved Moffat County’s overall season resume, but they still hold an advantage over Aspen in the Western Slope League, which is what matters most.
Tripp saw the game as a way to help prepare for postseason soccer, when the Bulldogs would have to go up against strong opponents. They will play another playoff prep game at 4 p.m. Friday, when MCHS hosts Grand Junction Central High School at Woodbury Sports Complex for Senior Day.
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