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Moffat County soccer gets boot from Roaring Fork

Moffat County High School's Hugo Snyder heads the ball down the field Tuesday during the Bulldogs' non-conference game with Roaring Fork. Moffat County fell, 5-3, to the Rams, whom they will see in Carbondale Oct. 15 for Region 3 honors.

As they head into strictly league play, the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School boys soccer team looks like a team that can make it to the postseason in terms of their level of play. boys soccer team looks like a team that can make it to the postseason in terms of their level of play.

Moffat County High School boys soccer team looks like a team that can make it to the postseason in terms of their level of play.

They just need to make the scoreboard reflect that.

The Bulldogs fought hard Tuesday but came up with a 5-3 loss to visiting Roaring Fork in their last match that won't count toward their Region 3 record.

Looking evenly matched in the first half, the game was 1-all at halftime, Moffat County's score coming off a floater goal put in by Axeel Mendoza.

However, the Rams' tactic of swarming the goal, furiously guarded by keeper Daniel Moore and Bulldog defenders, paid off more and more as the game progressed. Moore had to be taken out after being overwhelmed and kicked in a skirmish that led to Roaring Fork's second, with coach Harry Tripp putting in sub Tristen Walls, who proved to be a valuable replacement in his first time in the box for varsity.

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"If a varsity player goes down, that JV player's gotta be able to step up and Tristen did phenomenal," Tripp said.

It took some time, but the Dogs found their bite again, when down, 3-1, Mendoza was fouled on the approach. Micajah Prescott took the penalty kick, the deflection of which by Ram goalie Colin O'Gorman went straight toward the foot of Ulises Silva, who put it in on the rebound.

Silva showed why he's among the league's top scorers when all of a minute later he charged back toward the Roaring Fork goal to tie it at 3.

Getting the ball out of their own territory was a struggle from there for Moffat County, though, and the Rams scored twice more.

Besides Moore, who took it easy most of the second half, Bulldogs Hugo Snyder and Diego Quezada also had to come off the field.

Snyder decided to play through the pain of taking a cleat to the shin.

"I figured I could go in with five minutes left," Snyder said. "(Roaring Fork) had better ball control than we did, better first touch, but I think we can get them next time."

MCHS plays the Rams again Oct. 15 in Carbondale.

Tripp said Tuesday was a good game for his team to see where they can improve for next time, though he saw some calls differently than the refs.

"Those are the things that shift the game," he said, noting a dead ball that was in dispute, among other incidents.

Moffat County is 4-3-1 overall and 1-1 in Region 34-3-1 overall and 1-1 in Region 3, their next conference game Thursday in Aspen. After a 3-3 standstill with the Skiers Sept. 14, Tripp expects both sides to be playing stronger. On top of that, after getting rain in their first encounter, the weather forecast for Aspen doesn’t look much better., their next conference game Thursday in Aspen. After a 3-3 standstill with the Skiers Sept. 14, Tripp expects both sides to be playing stronger. On top of that, after getting rain in their first encounter, the weather forecast for Aspen doesn't look much better.

4-3-1 overall and 1-1 in Region 3, their next conference game Thursday in Aspen. After a 3-3 standstill with the Skiers Sept. 14, Tripp expects both sides to be playing stronger. On top of that, after getting rain in their first encounter, the weather forecast for Aspen doesn't look much better.

"It's gonna be a battle," he said.

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