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Basalt breezes past Moffat County girls soccer

Losses to Longhorns, Coal Ridge plague team after return from break

The week after spring break can be a tough time for a student-athlete as they get back into their sport, but the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls soccer team has done their best as they return to the grind. girls soccer team has done their best as they return to the grind.

Moffat County High School girls soccer team has done their best as they return to the grind.

MCHS girls lost 6-0 Thursday in their first home game in nearly a month, hosting Basalt.

The Bulldogs had one of their better games against the Longhorns on the road, falling only 1-0 at the end of March, but a week of vacation still had an effect on them.

Basalt jumped right into action as Callahan Card penetrated the Moffat County defense quickly and put the Longhorns on the board. Seconds later, Call had the ball in the net again, which served as a wake-up call to the Lady Dogs.

MCHS had the advantage of the breeze at their backs in the first half only to have trouble getting into scoring position every time they brought it close to the Basalt goal, while their purple opposition kept at it, Call able to complete the hat trick and Kaity Johnson also adding a goal as halftime came.

Moffat County coach Harry Tripp urged his players to get in the faces of the other team and show their tenacity in the second half.

"I want to see the real Moffat County come out," he said.

The Bulldogs took that to heart and fought through the wind that had picked up to keep Basalt at bay.

The Longhorns opted to move to longer, sniper-style shooting in the latter part of the game, which for the most part goalie Hannah Walker had no issues stopping.

However, Walker was called by referees with an "unfair challenge" while in action that resulted in a penalty kick scored by Basalt's Cintia Miramontes, which was followed shortly by a long, lofting kick just over the keeper's head, put in by Natalie Simecek.

"We tried to spread the field as much as we could and take advantage of the situation," said Longhorns coach Andrew Huntsman.

Walker had 25 saves, while the Bulldog offense only managed two shots on goal. Moffat County is now 0-8 overall and 0-4 in 3A Region 3, while Basalt improves to 5-2, 3-0.

Coupled with a Tuesday defeat of 10-0 against Coal Ridge, the return to the field has been a slow transition, Tripp said, and a lack of aggression has affected the team all season.

Ball control is also an issue.

"They need to pick their heads up and look who they're passing to, not just kick the ball with no purpose, that's what I'm trying to sink into their heads," he said.

The Bulldogs will spend next week out of town with games against Aspen and Grand Valley, while the following week they will be at home against Vail Christian and Steamboat Springs, the latter game rescheduled from this past Monday.

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