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Moffat County soccer provides challenge for league-leading Vail Mountain

4-2 loss against top team shows Bulldogs’ 2nd half capabilities

Moffat County High School's Wyatt Nielsen (80), Diego Quezada (19), Hugo Snyder (11) and Spencer Turner (5) surround Vail Mountain's Peter Ferraro during the boys varsity soccer game Thursday at MCHS. The Bulldogs lost, 4-2, against the Gore Rangers.

With the toughest numbers of any team they've met to date this season, Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School boys varsity soccer knew Tuesday’s opponent would be one to take seriously. boys varsity soccer knew Tuesday's opponent would be one to take seriously.

Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer knew Tuesday's opponent would be one to take seriously.

The Bulldogs are 3-3 in league play after a tough 4-2 game with visiting Vail Mountain during which the Moffat County boys gave as good as they got to the top team of Region 3Region 3..

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The Gore Rangers first got on the board about 15 minutes into the game when Peter Ferraro played a direct kick as a chance to swoop in near the Bulldog goal, and though he didn't score, Liam Hurley was there to put it past keeper Daniel Moore.

Another second-chance shot came when a header bounced off the post and Vail's Pablo Aziz got the rebound goal, followed by a breakaway by Ferraro that had Moffat County down, 3-0, at halftime.

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The latter half saw the Bulldogs start to deconstruct Vail's defense, and a fierce shot by Ulises Silva was one goalie Colin Rouaud could only deflect with his face, but he couldn't stay on top of it once the ball rolled in front of Moffat County freshman Joahan Quezada, who put it in neatly for the Dogs' first goal.

"Right spot, right time, good technique he didn't try to rip it through the net, he finessed it right in there," said Moffat County coach Harry Tripp.

While Kevin Garcia was able to score another for Vail, Silva was on the attack again, overcoming Gore Ranger defenders to find a hole and put in his 20th goal of the season.

"Give us another 20 minutes, we could have won it," MCHS's Micajah Prescott said confidently afterward.

On a dozen-game winning streak, the 6-0 Gore Rangers lead Region 3 in total wins at 12-1, and had allowed only five goals in the past 10 games before coming to Craig, only Aspen putting one past them during a league match before the Bulldogs doubled that. They are close to clinching the conference title, though it may come down to their final season game of the season with Basalt, having already beaten the Longhorns, 5-0, in non-league play.

Vail coach Pete Petrovski credited the Dogs with disrupting their usual dominance.

"This is always a tough place to play," he said, noting Silva in particular as a Moffat County kid to watch. "They moved the ball really well on us, got a couple goals, which a lot of teams haven't been able to do, we've had shutouts the majority of our games. It was a good test, and we're happy to get out of here with a win."

The Bulldogs 6-5-1 will regroup and travel Thursday to Carbondale — where Vail will play the same day against Colorado Rocky Mountain School — with the goal of avenging the 5-3 loss Roaring Fork handed them, with their regular season ender next week at home against Grand Valley, hopefully the precursor to a spot in the 3A playoffs.

The level of play is important to keep up later this week, Tripp said, and keeping passes and shots under control will be key against the Rams.

"If we get more soft touches, I think we can capitalize," he said.

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