On a chilly, windy day, Moffat County soccer overcame the weather to even its season record.
The girls soccer team hosted Rangely on Friday and controlled the game from the start, winning, 8-0. It now is 2-2 this season after an 0-2 start.
The Bulldogs maintained possession of the ball for a majority of the game but in the opening minutes looked sluggish pushing forward. The squad quickly shook that off as Brittany Walker found Delaney Baker on a nice pass inside the 18-yard box that Baker finished off to make it 1-0.
Just more than two minutes later, Katia Voloshin centered the ball to Walker, who this time dropped it back nicely to Allie Ehlers, who looped a shot over the Rangely keeper from just outside the box.
Ehlers’ and Baker’s names kept coming up the rest of the way as they accounted for all eight Moffat County goals. Ehlers finished with five, including one she curled in on a corner kick, and Baker had the second hat trick of her career. Each of the goals came as a result of good team offensive play.
“We talked really well,” Baker said after the game. “Our communication was good, and the midfielders backed us up today.”
Baker’s second goal came after a cross went down in front of her and several Rangely defenders. With good individual effort, the junior was able to gain possession and pushed a shot across goal toward the far post. Rangely’s goalie was able to get her fingertips on the ball but didn’t knock it off course enough.
Moffat County went into halftime up, 5-0.
“I set them a goal of 4-0, and they achieved it,” coach Harry Tripp said. “I think we dribbled the ball just a little too much in that first half, but they played good.”
In the second half, Rangely’s defense stood tall for more than 20 minutes, but Ehlers lofted in another shot from far out to get the Bulldogs on the board again.
Moffat County goes on break now, with a week and a half until it faces Grand Valley twice in a row, April 8 and 11. Getting a win heading into that break was key, Tripp said.
“Their confidence is up now,” he said. “We’ll go on break and hopefully come out in April and start kicking some butt.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.