The Roaring Fork boys soccer team slowed the momentum of Moffat County’s homecoming week, stifling the Bulldogs soccer team in Craig.
Kicking off Moffat County’s homecoming, the Rams were too much for the Bulldogs to handle in a 3A Region 3 contest Monday. After a scoreless opening 30 minutes to the game, Roaring Fork’s attacking players found their spots and began finishing 5-0 final.
Moffat County hung with the Rams, currently sitting second in the Region 3 standings, for almost the entire first half. While Roaring Fork dominated possession, it couldn’t break through the Bulldogs’ final line and took most of its shots from outside the penalty area.
But with 10 minutes left in the first half, Ben Carpenter and Erik Carillo played a well-timed give and go, and Carpenter got in behind the Moffat County defense, just onside, for an easy finish.
Just shy of five minutes later, Carpenter and Carillo were the culprits on another goal, this time with Carillo finishing off a rebound after Moffat County goalkeeper Alex Arrellano saved a shot from Carpenter, but couldn’t hold onto it.
Moffat County head coach Rusty Cox said the first goal, after the Bulldogs had played well for 30 minutes, disheartened his team.
“We held them good for 30 minutes, then it was just little lapses in concentration,” Cox said. “After the first goal I think we let off a bit, and you can’t do that after giving up a goal.”
The halftime score was 2-0, but Roaring Fork had more offense coming. The third goal came after Bulldogs defender Juan Becerra did well to take the ball away from a Roaring Fork player, but then his kick to clear it ricocheted straight backward toward the Moffat County goal, where Carillo ran it down and was alone to score.
Cox thought there was some good to take away from the game, but Becerra was not as positive about Moffat County’s play.
“It was not good today,” he said. “We had no talking and no control" of the ball.
Indeed, Roaring Fork dominated possession and Moffat County’s scoring opportunities were few and far between. They got another goal from Lalo Clement on a good bit of passing, then Nestor Arrellano scored an own goal on Moffat County when his clearing header came off his head backward, and after Alex Arrellano’s head.
It was Moffat County’s final home game of the season, with matches at Coal Ridge and at Delta coming up Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
“We have to improve on our passes, and to win we’ve got to be talking more,” Becerra said.
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