Bulldogs control Vail Christian for 2nd straight win

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Moffat County soccer picked up its second straight win and evened its season record with a hard-fought victory on the road Thursday.

MCHS visited Vail Christian in Edwards and held off a rally from the winless Saints to pick up a 3-2 win. The Bulldogs now are 7-7 on the season.

After a scoreless outing at Rangely on Tuesday, leading goal scorer Allie Ehlers had two for Moffat County and fellow senior Jazmine Swindler scored one to pace them for a victory. Coach Harry Tripp said the Bulldogs should have put more goals on the board but had several narrow misses.

“I think we had possession maybe 75 percent of the game again,” Tripp said. "We passed the ball good and had 48 shots. They weren’t missing by much. They had a few go just over the crossbar or inches wide. So they played well.”

With a 2-0 lead in the first half, the Bulldogs surrendered a goal to VCHS on a penalty kick. The Saints played the ball over the top to their forwards on several occasions, and this time, a Vail player and Delaney Baker got mixed up and both went down inside the 18-yard box. Baker was whistled for the foul, giving the Saints the golden opportunity to cut the lead.

But Moffat’s defense was strong otherwise. With the Bulldogs controlling the ball and the tempo of the game, they took a 3-1 lead until late in the second half, when a shot from near the center circle snuck in to make it 3-2.

“It was almost from half field. She just kicked it, and it got carried by the wind,” Tripp said. “Hannah (Walker) had it, but she was making sure she was in the right position, that she wasn’t in the goal, and it just got past her.”

That goal came with five minutes left in the game, and the Bulldogs didn’t surrender another, keeping the lead and securing the win.

The final game of the season for Moffat County is Friday afternoon at Grand Junction Central, an out-of-league opponent, giving the Bulldogs a shot at their eighth win of the year.

“We have a tough one tomorrow against a 5A team,” Tripp said. “We’re playing good. We’re passing good, communicating. It should be a good game.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports .

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