MCHS girls soccer team falls just short against Battle Mountain |

MCHS girls soccer team falls just short against Battle Mountain

Joshua Gordon

Jazmine Swindler, a Moffat County High School freshman, battles a Grand Junction Central High School player for the ball Monday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team played their last game of the season Friday in Battle Mountain. A late goal by the Huskies doomed the Bulldogs in a 1-0 loss.

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team came into their last game of the season with a lot at stake.

The Bulldogs were hoping for revenge against their opponent, Battle Mountain High School.

The Huskies beat MCHS on March 31, 4-1.

The team wanted to beat the school record for wins in a season.

Sitting at 5-9, a sixth win would put this year's team in sole possession of the record.

If the record could be reached, head coach Harry Tripp told his players he would shave his goatee for the first time.

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For 70 minutes Friday in Battle Mountain, the Bulldogs battled the Huskies to a 0-0 tie.

Then, the ball sailed over a MCHS defender and Battle Mountain capitalized with 10 minutes left in the game to score the only goal of the game and beat the Bulldogs, 1-0.

"It was back and forth all game," Tripp said. "It was about 60 percent possession for them and 40 percent for us. They had one good cross and the ball finally went in."

After Battle Mountain (6-8-1 overall, 5-6-1 Western Slope League) scored, Tripp said his team had a couple of good opportunities to tie it up.

Sophomore Kelsie Pomeroy had a one-on-one with the Huskies' goalie and then a penalty shot just missed the net in the closing minutes.

"We put the pressure on (Battle Mountain) and had some good opportunities," Tripp said. "Kelsie and Justine (Hathhorn) kept putting the ball into their territory, we just couldn't score."

Tripp said the Bulldogs (5-10 overall, 2-10 WSL) had a hard time adjusting to playing on turf after three straight home games on grass.

"The turf was a little faster than we expected," he said. "We had the passes, but they got past our players and went straight to the goalie."

The defense was missing key players, Tripp said, but his seniors stepped up.

Amanda Brewer, Ana Flores, Araceli Rodriguez, Imelda Hernandez, Justine Hathhorn and Karen Bolton, who was injured, were the seniors for the Bulldogs this season.

"We had no subs, just the starters," he said of his defense. "All our seniors did phenomenal and stepped up and really led the team. I take my hat off to all of them."

With the season now at an end, Tripp summed the season up in one word — fun.

"We had a rocky start, but we started to mold as a family," he said. "We started winning at the end of the season and we got our confidence up. We didn't get blown out in any of our last few games and it was a good season."

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

(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)

Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0

Battle Mountain — 0 — 1 — 1

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