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Bulldogs soccer falls to Fruita, 6-1

John Vandelinder

— Despite the practice time put in by the Moffat County boys varsity soccer team this last week, the end result was the same as last year.

It was a loss.

Still, Bulldogs head coach Seth Young came away happy with his teams performance.

“For our first game I’m extremely pleased with the way the kids played,” Young said. “They never gave up and they kept fighting.”

The visiting Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with Fruita Thursday night, falling in their season opener, 6-1.

“Fruita is really good,” Young said. “They were much more aggressive than us, and it showed.”

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Fruita applied constant pressure throughout the match, out shooting the Bulldogs, 15-6.

“Our kids got frustrated,” Young said. “There were a few questionable calls that resulted in two penalty shot goals.”

The Bulldogs, a Class 4A program, found themselves trailing, 3-0, to 5A Fruita at the half and faced the possibility of being shut out for the second consecutive season opener.

“We decided to step it up at the break and come out in the second half with more consistency.” Young said.

Fruita had different ideas.

The more experienced Fruita team didn’t let up, scoring early in the half, taking a four-goal lead.

Junior Jose Valdez finally put the Bulldogs on the board 10:52 into the second half.

“By the end of the year, we’ll be at the level of Fruita.” Young said.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a match-up at home Sept. 6 against Grand Junction.