Soccer blasts Rifle |

Soccer blasts Rifle

Ben Bulkeley

With the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer game scoreless at halftime in Rifle, head coach Harry Tripp let his team know about his displeasure.

"It definitely woke them up," he said. "They went out and scored three goals."

The three goals held up, and Moffat County won, 3-0, against the Bears (0-12-1, 0-7-1 in the WSL).

Karen Bolton scored twice and Rose Howe scored for Moffat County (3-7 overall, 2-6 in the Western Slope League).

Skylar Tripp started in goal for the Bulldogs, and stopped every Rifle shot that came her way.

"She played well," Harry Tripp said. "The field was hard, and the balls bounced a lot, but she stuck with it, and had 17 saves."

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The junior varsity team also had a good day in Rifle, winning 3-0.

Justine Hathhorn scored twice, and Kylee Gorringe continued her strong play with her fifth goal of the season.

The MCHS varsity team scored its first goal after a handball by a Rifle player inside the box.

Moffat County was given a penalty kick, and was able to capitalize.

"I picked Rose," Tripp said, "because she's a patient shooter and has nerves of steel. She kicked it perfectly."

The second goal came after a free kick, Tripp said.

Amanda Brewer kicked the ball to Karen Bolton, who kicked it in uncontested, Tripp said.

With Eagle Valley (1-9-1 overall, 0-7-1 in the WSL) coming up at 1 p.m. Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex, Tripp said he plans on working with his team on several aspects beforehand.

"I think we'll critique some little stuff this week, like body placement," he said. "And when the ball bounces, how you need to be the first person there, and other shots like that."

A win against Rifle hopefully will give the Bulldogs the spark they need, Tripp said.

"We beat Eagle Valley in our first game, but we looked a little rusty," he said. "Now, we have them on our home turf, and I hope we can take it to them, and keep building momentum."

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