Moffat County girls soccer loses to Battle Mountain |

Moffat County girls soccer loses to Battle Mountain

Bulldogs take No. 1-ranked Huskies to double OT

Ben Bulkeley

A day after falling to rival Steamboat Springs High School, Imelda Hernandez said she was nervous at the start of Tuesday's Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer game.

Playing against No. 1 ranked Battle Mountain at home, Hernandez and her teammates were able to ease those fears with an early goal.

"Once we scored, I didn't worry about it," Hernandez said.

Although the Bulldogs would fall, 2-1, in double overtime at Woodbury Sports Complex, Hernandez said the Bulldogs should count Tuesday as a win.

"It will definitely motivate us," the goalie said. "We went to double overtime with the No. 1 team — that will help a lot."

Moffat County scored first on an Araceli Rodriguez goal and held a 1-0 advantage going into halftime.

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The Huskies (6-0, 5-0 in the Western Slope League) would score halfway through the second half, but Hernandez wouldn't allow another goal until the waning minutes of the second overtime, when a ball bounced over her head and into the corner of the goal.

Overall, Hernandez stopped 26 shots, and Amanda Brewer had 13 goal kicks for the Bulldogs (1-3 overall, 1-3 in the WSL).

The Bulldogs shot 24 times on Battle Mountain's goal and are the first team this season to be within one goal against the Huskies.

Moffat County coach Harry Tripp said the Bulldogs were on a mission to prove themselves following Monday's 8-0 loss in Steamboat Springs.

"They turned it around," he said. "I said 'Let's see what you're made of, and prove to this team that we can play.'"

Although the Bulldogs lost, Tripp said Tuesday's game against the Huskies did as much as a win for his team.

"Coming back from an 8-0 loss, I couldn't be happier," he said. "They were in sync today — stuff like that, you don't even have to coach.

"Defense-wise, they gutted it out. They kept digging in deeper and did awesome today."

The team will play at 1 p.m. Saturday in Grand Junction.

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