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Moffat County soccer finishes season with Senior Night shutout

7-0 win against Grand Valley last game; Bulldogs could reach playoffs

Tuesday was the time for the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School boys varsity soccer team to get down and dirty and hold back nothing, their soggy cleats and uniforms a testament to a season well played. boys varsity soccer team to get down and dirty and hold back nothing, their soggy cleats and uniforms a testament to a season well played.

Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team to get down and dirty and hold back nothing, their soggy cleats and uniforms a testament to a season well played.

The Bulldogs finished their regular year 7-6-1 after a 7-0 blowout of Grand Valley on their home field, a game important for the record book and the memory book.

Marco Hernandez went on a tear with four total goals, the first of which was earned only about one minute into the game, his pristine uniform quickly caked with crud from the swampy grass at MCHS.

Still, he wore it like a badge of honor.

"I think the mud is good luck," Hernandez grinned, estimating he'd need several bottles of bleach to get his jersey and shorts presentable again.

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His second goal came right before halftime, and though MCHS was ahead, 2-0, coach Harry Tripp implored his players to focus more.

It didn't take long for Hernandez to round out the hat trick, targeting the top right corner of the goal on a direct kick for a score that infuriated the Cardinals, though his next, finishing an attempt by Ulises Silva didn't make the 2-12 visitors any happier.

As the game wore on, Silva fired a pass from the wing to Diego Quezada that he drilled in, while Silva promptly got some net off the assist from Hugo Snyder, who in turn scored off a long boot given to him by Micajah Prescott.

Keeper Daniel Moore had 10 saves in the game that Tripp said was "fun" for those in blue and white but could have easily had a 7-0 tally after one half.

"It took us 60 minutes to finally wake up and do good passing, and that's where we create our opportunities," he said.

Players recognized that their opening effort could have been more solid as a group.

"We could have communicated better," Quezada admitted. "We were all really amped up for Senior Night."

A halftime ceremony paid tribute to four upperclassmen: Quezada, Snyder, Spencer Turner and Javier Aquirre.

"It's kind of bittersweet," Quezada said of his last home match, though whether it's the final game of the year remains to be seen.

The top four teams in Region 3top four teams in Region 3 will move on to the 3A state playoffs and the first three slots are already filled by Vail Mountain, Basalt and Coal Ridge. The fourth is up for grabs between Moffat County and Aspen, both 4-4 in the league, as well as Roaring Fork, which beat the Dogs last Thursday, 2-1, to keep them on their toes. will move on to the 3A state playoffs and the first three slots are already filled by Vail Mountain, Basalt and Coal Ridge. The fourth is up for grabs between Moffat County and Aspen, both 4-4 in the league, as well as Roaring Fork, which beat the Dogs last Thursday, 2-1, to keep them on their toes.

top four teams in Region 3 will move on to the 3A state playoffs and the first three slots are already filled by Vail Mountain, Basalt and Coal Ridge. The fourth is up for grabs between Moffat County and Aspen, both 4-4 in the league, as well as Roaring Fork, which beat the Dogs last Thursday, 2-1, to keep them on their toes.

The Rams have yet to finish their season, capping it off Thursday against fellow Carbondale team, Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

In the event of a tie, the number of goals a team has scored and allowed can factor into their placing, Tripp said, which is why he was adamant about getting a shutout.

"We'll be watching MaxPreps," he said, noting that all the Bulldogs can do is wait to hear if they go any further.

Either way, the last couple months have been "a roller coaster" of huge moments.

"I see a lot of good potential in them, and they can go a long ways if they put their mind to it, if they want to achieve it," Tripp said. "They see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they can do it if they just wake up, focus and play as a team."

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