Thursday was a physical affair on the Moffat County High School soccer field, as the Bulldogs hosted the Roaring Fork Rams.
The visitors from Carbondale finished with a 6-1 win against Moffat County, securing the lead in a 5-0 first half.
2017 Moffat County High School girls soccer season
Time, Date — Opponent, Home/Away; Win/Loss, Score
- Noon March 11 — Montrose, Away; 3-0, Win
- 4 p.m. March 16 — Central, Away; 7-0, Loss
- 4 p.m. March 28 — Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Away; 6-0, Loss
- 4 p.m. March 30 — Rangely, Home; 4-3, Loss
- 11 a.m. April 1 — Delta, Home; 10-0, Loss
- 4 p.m. April 4 — Basalt, Away; 10-0, Loss
- 4 p.m. April 6 — Grand Valley, Away; 5-1, Loss
- 4 p.m. April 13 — Grand Junction, Home; 7-0, Loss
- 11 a.m. April 15 — Vail Mountain, Away; 7-0, Loss
- 4 p.m. April 18 — Vail Christian, Home; 2-0, Win
- 4 p.m. April 20 — Roaring Fork, Home; 6-1, Loss
- 11 a.m. April 22 — Aspen, Home; 11-1, Loss
- 4 p.m. April 25 — Basalt, Home
- 4 p.m. April 28 — Rangely, Away
- 4 p.m. May 2 — Coal Ridge, Away
To the Bulldogs’ credit, the remainder of the game was their shining point as they buckled down and gave the Rams a workout.
With seven shots on goal for the day, Bulldog Makenna Baker bounced one off Roaring Fork keeper Odalis Corcuera to hit the net and prevent the shutout early in the half.
The two teams skirmished to be first to the ball, and the boisterousness on both sides kept everyone guessing, though things got a little too rough when a collision between the Rams’ Caroline Wisroth and Moffat County’s Sarye Morgan resulted in Wisroth taken off the field nursing her knee.
“That second half was a positive, they started taking away those outside passes,” said coach Harry Tripp. “At least they weren’t always pressuring us, we had it back and forth.”
In the MCHS box, Ebawnee Smercina was knocking down shots left and right, though Roaring Fork managed to get one more on the board with a plum location right in front of the goal for Emily Broadhurst.
Altogether, Camilla Wikum earned a hat trick, Lux Andrade scored two goals and one assist, Lucia Penzel had three assists and Broadhurst one assist.
“We did a really good job of exploiting the space on the wings, crossing it in and then finishing,” said Rams coach Nick Forbes. “It was a bunch of good team goals.”
The two schools each play the same opponent in their next game.
Moffat County — 2-9 overall, 0-5 in 3A Region 3 play — will host Aspen Saturday morning, and the Rams — 4-3-2 overall, 3-2 conference — will see the Skiers on the road Tuesday.
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