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Bulldogs close regular season with win in Craig

Nate Waggenspack
Alex Perez controls the ball between two Delta defenders Thursday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Perez had a goal and Moffat County closed its regular season with a win, 4-1.
Nate Waggenspack

With a season in the books, now the Bulldogs must sit and wait.

The Moffat County boys soccer team closed its regular season on a high note Thursday, beating Delta 4-1.

It was a much more complete performance from Moffat County, who lost twice earlier in the week, head coach Rusty Cox said.

“Much better game,” Cox said of his team’s play. “A lot of better touches on the ball, spreading the ball and a lot more confident play.”

The teams traded goals early in the first half and played at 1-1 for most of the frame. But the Bulldogs broke through with what would prove to be the game winner when Kelley Campbell connected on a header off a corner kick with 2:31 to play.

After halftime, Moffat County was the aggressor for most of the half, controlling the ball more and creating scoring chances constantly.

Jose Duarte scored his second goal of the game for the Bulldogs with 17:24 left in the game after a richochet came to him and he snuck it under the diving Delta goalkeeper. Nine minutes later Alex Perez put the game out of reach, dribbling to the middle of the field and firing into the net from just beyond the 18-yard box.

It was one a good way to close the regular season, Cox said.

“We were passing and working as a team and that makes a big difference,” he said. “(Delta was) leaving our outside guy open, and we kept finding his feet.”

Now at 6-9, Cox said the Bulldogs’ future is still in doubt. They have a chance, depending on what happens across the rest of the state, to get into the state playoffs.

“We could get a wildcard,” Cox said. “Sunday we’ll know, Sunday night.”

No matter what happens this weekend, The Bulldogs closed their season on a 5-3 stretch, something Cox is proud of.

“We cleaned up our mistakes throughout the year,” he said. “We battled a lot of injuries and still have looked good this year. You look at all the games and most games were within one point. We only had a few games that were more than a one-goal loss. We were there all season.”

It could have been the final game in the careers of seniors Bryant Cox, Alan Flores, Alex Perez, Jaime Sanchez and Erik Silva.

“They’re going to be missed,” Cox said.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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