MCHS seniors playing their final game in Craig Friday
The Moffat County girls soccer team closed out its regular season on a high note Friday, beating Grand Junction Central 1-0 in Craig.
It was a good end to the best season in MCHS girls soccer history, giving the seniors a win on senior night and an 8-6-1 record on the year. The team will await the result of a game between Basalt and Vail Mountain to see if it has a guaranteed playoff spot. A Vail Mountain win would put them ahead of the Bulldogs on a tiebreaker, while a loss or tie would leave Moffat County in fourth place in the Western Slope League.
But head coach Harry Tripp wasn’t as concerned about that Friday. He liked seeing this group go out with a win at Woodbury Sports Complex.
“They played hard and tough the whole game,” Tripp said. “We set the goal of being up 1-0 at halftime, then when we got that, I wanted 2-0 by the end of the game. We came close on the second goal, but our defense played really well.”
Allie Ehlers scored the game’s only goal with 14 minutes left in the first half. On a free kick from about 30 yards straight out, Ehlers launched a ball on target, and it beat Central goalkeeper Marisa Brown.
For much of the second half the Warriors applied pressure, but Moffat County’s defense stood tall. Whenever a shot got off, Bulldog goalie Skylar Tripp was there to handle it.
“Skylar was all over the place in goal,” Tripp said. “That was one of her best games, and our whole team just played really well.”
While the playoffs are not yet guaranteed, Moffat County would have a chance to make the field of 32 even if it loses out on fourth place in the WSL to Vail Mountain. Before Friday’s win the Bulldogs were ranked 23rd in Class 3A at MaxPreps.com, one of the tools used by the Colorado High School Activities Association to determine the six at-large berths in the tournament.
Regardless of the playoff situation, it was an all-time season for Moffat County. They set the school record in wins with eight (previous record was five) and at one point won four straight games.
“I hope even if Vail (Mountain) wins, they’ll decide to take five from our region,” Tripp said. “We didn’t have all our girls at that game, and they beat us. I hope they’ll see what we put together this season and say we deserve it.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.