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Girls soccer falls short

Palisade defeats MCHS Bulldogs despite stellar 2nd half

Moffat County’s Kelly Ciesco, left, battles with a Palisade defender for the ball Thursday at Woodbury Sports Complex. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team fell, 3-1, to Palisade.

For senior forward Raquel Robinson, scoring her first soccer goal was only a matter of time. Tuesday, that time came.

After Moffat County High School freshman forward Kelsie Pomeroy knocked over the visiting Palisade High School goalie in the second half of Thursday's MCHS varsity game, Robinson saw her chance and capitalized.

As the ball bounced away from the Pomeroy-goalie scrum, Robinson was able to complete the play by knocking the ball into the corner of the net.

Although the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team (2-7 overall, 1-6 in the Western Slope League) fell, 3-1, Robinson got her goal.

"Kelsie went in and pretty much took everyone out," Robinson said. "Then I was able to get it in.

"I've been a forward for a while, so it was kind of like it took long enough."

Coach Harry Tripp said Robinson and Pomeroy's play epitomized what he has been trying to teach his team.

"I keep telling them not to give up," he said. "When you get the rebound, someone will always be there to clean up."

Palisade jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first half, at which point Tripp talked with his team.

"At halftime, I yelled at our defense," he said. "I said, 'If soccer was a spectator sport, we'd be in first place.'"

Robinson said the halftime talk helped the Bulldogs find the spark they needed against league-leading Palisade (9-1-1 overall, 8-1 in the WSL).

"It definitely got us pumped," she said. "We played so much better in the second half."

Junior stopper Amanda Bre-

wer agreed with Robinson, saying the Bulldogs picked up their game in the second half.

"The second half was way better," she said. "If we played like that the entire game, we could have kept it 0-0 or won."

After allowing three goals in the first half, goalie Imelda Hernandez didn't allow another goal, despite several shots that bounced off the

goal posts.

Tripp said the team played better help defense in the second half, which helped Hernandez.

"They started pushing back and making plays," he said. "They started making some good passes."

Tripp said ultimately he would like the varsity team to emulate the junior varsity team's ability to close games in the second half.

"The JV plays with a lot of heart," he said. "They never give up. In the Glenwood game, they scored two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game."