8-1 win vs. Rangely boosts Moffat County soccer spirit | CraigDailyPress.com

8-1 win vs. Rangely boosts Moffat County soccer spirit

Moffat County High School senior Alex Samuelson dribbles around Rangely opposition during the Bulldogs' Friday afternoon game with the Panthers. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team is 1-1 following an 8-1 win against Rangely that included a hat trick by senior Delaney Baker.

Being on the losing end of an 8-1 game doesn't feel too great. However, the other side of that lopsided score feels just fine.

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team won big in its first home match of the season, an 8-1 rout of the Rangely Panthers that put the team at 1-1 in a game that was the exact opposite of their first.

Meeting Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Grand Junction March 7, the Bulldogs were overwhelmed with six goals by the Oysters in the first half.

"CRMS really surprised us," said coach Harry Tripp, who wanted players to be bolder on their home turf.

The Moffat County girls weren't hurting for aggression, with Janea Warrior getting their first goal late in the opening half off the assist by Brittany Swindler, with another added by Jodi Hough soon afterward, Rangely only managing three shots and finding no net before the whistle blew for the break.

Still, Tripp wasn't satisfied, knowing his team could double or even triple that total, telling them as much as they huddled to strategize.

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Instead, the Bulldogs went for the quadruple, dominating both offense and defense entirely, Rangely's single shot — a resultant goal by Klaire Denny — the last they would manage for the rest of the game.

Delaney Baker handed the goaltender jersey to freshman sister Makenna for the second half, and in no time had booted in the first of an eventual hat trick, one of which was assisted by Warrior.

"We needed a good rebound to get us back up," she said. "We had a lot more communication."

The more points Moffat County scored, the more they wanted, as Wendy Gomez added one and Kaylynn Haefs two, getting the credit for the second off a corner kick that ricocheted off two Panthers thanks to a miscommunication among teammates.

As much as the Bulldogs went on the attack, Rangely defenders did their best to slow them down, Baker getting a faceful of grass time and again as she collided with them en route to the goal.

Tripp advised her to keep it sporting, and she knows she'll need to keep her head should the same tactics apply Tuesday when the two teams meet again.

Additionally, Baker doesn't want to make any assumptions that the 0-1 Panthers will give up easily on their own field.

"We can't get too cocky," the MCHS senior said. "We went in cocky for the Oysters and look how that turned out. They're going to come out strong."

Tripp expects to give Rangely an even better game, as six basketball players return to the soccer field, a Thursday home meet with Basalt following the rematch with the Panthers.

"That's the test," he said of the game with the Longhorns.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

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