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Bulldogs soccer team rolls past Palisade

Moffat County a class above league cellar

John Vandelinder

To high school soccer fans, Saturday’s match-up between Palisade and Moffat County wasn’t exactly a preview of the postseason that lies ahead.

Entering the contest, the two teams had one win combined in 19 league games.

But to those pitted on the field in Palisade, it was a match that would determine who belonged at the bottom of the Western Slope League. It wasn’t Moffat County.

The Bulldogs rolled over Palisade, 4-1, picking up their second league win of the season.

Moffat County’s (2-10 WSL, 3-10 overall) first win was Sept. 19 – a 4-0 home victory against Palisade (0-10 WSL, 1-12 overall).

“We are the two closest teams in the league, as far as numbers go,” MCHS coach Rusty Cox said. “That definitely makes it nice.”

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Moffat County broke the game open early in the first half on a goal by Jonathan Pando, and they never looked back.

Sophomore Tracy Mendoza’s goal before the halftime whistle gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.

“They went out and passed the ball around really good,” Cox said. “They just controlled the whole game.”

Seniors Cole DuBois and Ian Forgay doubled the lead after the break, and if not for a free kick goal by Palisade with less than five minutes remaining in the contest, Moffat County would have earned its second shutout victory of the year.

“They really only had one good shot on us in the first half,” Cox said. “I mean, they didn’t get past our defense at all.”

Cox said he hopes the team can carry the momentum gained in Palisade over to Thursday’s game against visiting Steamboat Springs.

“Steamboat’s here, and it’s going to be tough,” Cox said. “It’s going to be a rough game, but we are going to come out and play like we always do.”