MCHS girls soccer takes home opener against Grand Valley |

MCHS girls soccer takes home opener against Grand Valley

Joshua Gordon

MCHS sophomore Kelsie Pomeroy, right, fights for the ball with a Grand Valley High School defender Friday at Woodbury Sports Complex. Pomeroy scored the go-ahead goal for the Bulldogs in the second half and the team won their first game of the season, 4-1.

When Kelly Ciesco went down Friday night at Woodbury Sports Complex, everyone watched as two teammates helped her off the field.

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team was playing at home for first time this season against Grand Valley High School.

Luckily, Ciesco, a MCHS junior, had done enough before her exit, as the Bulldogs led 2-1 and went on to get their first victory on the season, 4-1.

Even better, Ciesco said her injury wasn't that serious.

"I fell on my knee and I think I was more scared it was a serious injury than anything," she said. "I think I should be good to go in our next game."

Ciesco scored the first goal of the game for the Bulldogs (1-2 overall, 0-2 Western Slope League) with a floater over the head of Grand Valley's (2-3 overall) goalie to tie the game, 1-1.

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The junior helped give her team the lead in the second half with a through-pass to teammate Kelsie Pomeroy for the goal.

"I think we played great after a great week of practice," Ciesco said. "We had good passing and we got pushed a bit by Grand Valley, but we (fought) back."

When Ciesco went out, sophomore Bretta Buchannan came in.

Buchannan capitalized with a goal only a few seconds in and then another minutes later.

"It was amazing to get two right after each other," Buchannan said. "We played at home and we talked and passed really well."

After the Bulldogs loss at Glenwood Springs on March 21, coach Harry Tripp said his team had to learn to talk on offense.

With his team's first win, Tripp said his team heeded his words.

"It feels awesome to get our first win," he said. "On Keslie's goal, I heard her talking to Kelly and Kelly was able to rip one through to her for the goal.

"The way the team talked tonight was perfect."

Ciesco said in the team's two previous losses, when they got scored on, they dropped their heads.

"We seem to get in a rut when we go down," she said. "We kept our heads up this game and didn't let that happen."

In a game that started in the sunlight and ended on a snow-dusted field, the Bulldogs seemed to have the advantage on offense.

Tripp said he kept his team outside every day this week.

"We had good practices and we even practiced in the snow this week," he said. "When the weather started coming in during our game, we didn't let it affect us."

Tripp said his team's play at midfield really made the difference.

"Our players were able to control the ball at midfield," he said. "Our front four were on the same page and players like Brenna Ciesco were able to get the ball outside to set things up."

The Bulldogs will host Battle Mountain High School at 2 p.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex, 250 Mack Lane.

Ciesco said her team will keep winning if they play the way they did Friday night.

"We have to keep pumped up before every game," she said. "Keep passing, keep dribbling and work on a few things, and we will do really well."

Note: The MCHS girls junior varsity soccer against Grand Valley was cancelled due to weather.

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Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s game Friday against Grand Valley High School:

(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)

Moffat County — 1 — 4 — 5

Grand Valley — 1 — 0 — 1

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — goals)

Bretta Buchannan — 2

Kelsie Pomeroy — 1

Kelly Ciesco — 1

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