MCHS soccer sweeps Eagle Valley, wins 2nd straight game |

MCHS soccer sweeps Eagle Valley, wins 2nd straight game

Joshua Gordon

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team didn't let poor weather or cancelled games affect them in Thursday night's game in Eagle Valley.

The Bulldogs, who had two games rescheduled in the past week due to weather, scored early on Eagle Valley High School and shutout the Devils for the second time this season, 2-0.

MCHS also beat Eagle Valley 2-0 on April 15 at home.

"Our offense played pretty good with 32 shots on goal and we had some really good passes," head coach Harry Tripp said. "We had some missed opportunities just because we shot the ball right at the goalie, but the girls talked and keep getting better."

Senior Justine Hathhorn scored the first goal for the Bulldogs (4-7 overall, 2-7 Western Slope League) and junior Kelly Ciesco added a second before the half.

Kelly also assisted on the first goal and freshman Brenna Ciesco assisted on the second.

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The Bulldogs have struggled with slow starts in the first half throughout the season, but good play at midfield helped the team Thursday, Tripp said.

"Kelly and Rose (Howe) disrupted everything at midfield," he said. "They collected the ball, split the middle and helped get the ball to the outside."

Tripp said Hathhorn was a big part of putting pressure on the Demons' (0-12 overall, 0-10 WSL) defense.

"Justine pushed the sidelines and kept putting the ball into play," he said. "When she didn't have a lane, she would pass the ball back to make sure we held onto the ball."

Defensively, Tripp said his team played as a unit.

Senior goalie Imelda Hernandez faced 17 shots on goal in the game.

"Most of the shots Eagle Valley got were from long distance and Imelda pretty much just had to scoop the ball up," Tripp said. "The defense helped by putting a lot of pressure on the ball and disrupting any shot Eagle Valley had."

The win over Eagle Valley gave the Bulldogs three wins in their past four games and their first win streak of the season at two games.

Because of the cancelled games, the Bulldogs will play Palisade High School today and Steamboat Springs High School on Saturday. Both games will be played at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Tripp said his team would have to rest whenever they get a chance to have enough energy to get through three games in three days.

"We are going to capitalize on the win against Eagle Valley and really take it to Palisade," he said. "We know how they play and we just have to keep playing hard. We will take one game at a time and rest in between."

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

(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)

Moffat County — 2 — 0 — 2

Eagle Valley — 0 — 0 — 0

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — goals — assists)

Kelly Ciesco — 1 — 1

Justine Hathhorn — 1 — 0

Brenna Ciesco — 0 — 1

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