Soccer falls to Delta |

Soccer falls to Delta

MCHS varsity girls team drops game to Panthers, 2-1

Ben Bulkeley

Araceli Rodriguez, right, battles with a Delta defender Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex. Rodriguez would score the only goal for Moffat County High

Although they had plenty of opportunities, Moffat County High School junior Katie Ellgen said the girls varsity soccer team just didn't have enough luck.

"We just couldn't score," she said. "We were close on a lot of times, but we weren't able to score."

Playing Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex, the Bulldogs weren't able to overcome two first-half Delta High School goals, and lost, 2-1.

The Bulldogs (4-9 overall, 3-8 in the Western Slope League) were able to control the tempo against the Panthers (5-7 overall, 4-6 in the WSL), but couldn't get the ball in the back of the net, Ellgen said.

"I think we played pretty well for the conditions," she said. "We did really well, but we needed to cross the ball more."

Those conditions ranged from hard, pellet-like snow to cold blasts of wind.

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Had the two teams met under different conditions, coach Harry Tripp said, the results may have differed.

"If we played in good weather, we could have beat them," he said. "We had opportunities."

Moffat County scored after junior Araceli Rodriguez sent a hard-kicked ball toward the Panther goalie.

The ball bounced over the goalie's head and squirted into the goal.

The defense was solid again for the Bulldogs, Tripp said.

"Number nine, who leads the league with 13 goals was Bailey's (Hellander) man," he said. "And Bailey shut her down. She didn't score."

In what has become a common theme for the team, the Bulldogs played much better in the second half, Tripp said.

"We had another great second half," he said. "We just need to get started earlier."

But, the loss means the Bulldog's season will probably end May 7 when Rifle comes to Moffat County, Ellgen said.

"It's hard because now we're probably not going to the playoffs," she said.

The team's next game will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane, against Glenwood Springs.

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