In its first game of the season, the Moffat County girls soccer team took on a tough opponent with a depleted roster and came up short.
The Bulldogs hosted the Coal Ridge Titans, the defending 3A Western Slope League champs and state semifinalists, at Woodbury Sports Complex on Thursday. A year ago, the Bulldogs traveled to New Castle and lost, 4-0, in the first game of the season. Thursday’s result in Craig was better, but a 3-1 loss still put MCHS in a hole to kick off the season.
The Titans and Bulldogs went into halftime tied at 1-1, but Coal Ridge’s offense proved too strong in the second half, adding two goals to secure the win.
“We played pretty good for the first game,” coach Harry Tripp said about Moffat County’s performance. “We went into halftime tied 1-1. We had a little meltdown on that first goal, not enough talking to the goalie. But being out on the grass for a really good, hard team like that, they did good.”
Allie Ehlers scored the goal for Moffat County on a free kick in swirling wind that was too much for the Titans' keeper to handle.
“It was a really good shot,” Tripp said. “Off a free kick she used the wind well and beat their goalie.”
Much of Moffat County’s girls soccer roster transfers from a winter sport into soccer. With the basketball team’s season extending into the playoffs, several players were a week or less into practicing with the team. That meant starting a team at less than full strength, which still gave the Titans a competitive game.
“I brought up four JV girls and two of them had to start, and they played phenomenal,” Tripp said.
Moffat County hosts Basalt in its second game of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Woodbury.
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.