Girls soccer finishes season with a tie
Jim Loughran came into the soccer season admittedly knowing very little about the sport. After the last game of the season the athletic director-turned-girls soccer coach learned at least one lesson about his team’s effort.
“They left everything out there,” the Moffat County coach said of his girls’ effort in a 2-2 tie against Eagle Valley. “They were pretty well worn out.”
The Bulldogs went into Tuesday’s game knowing that if they won they would set an all-time school record for wins. A tie was what they had in them for the season finale.
“I really wanted to win the last game,” sophomore Ashleigh Mann said. “We had our chances and it just didn’t work out.”
Moffat started out the right way, scoring a goal involving the team’s only two seniors, Lorena Rodriguez and Amy Casinger. In the fourth minute Rodriguez passed to an open Casinger on the right side of the 18-foot line and the forward sent the ball into the net — a fitting goal for a final game.
Thee minutes later Eagle Valley’s Bobbi Ray answered back when she directed a loose ball 20 feet in front of the net past Moffat’s Heather Brown.
It looked as if it was going to be the Bulldogs’ day when a ball bounced off an Eagle Valley defender and into the goal 29 minutes into the second half.
“We played well and intense in the first half,” Loughran said. “There was a lot I liked in that time.”
Moffat led 2-1 at halftime.
In the second half Eagle Valley controlled the field for the first 25 minutes. The Devils out-shot the Bulldogs 6-1 during that span. One of those shots was the equalizer for Eagle Valley. Nicole Luczkow burned a defender down the left side of the field and found an open Ray in the goalie’s box. Ray had no trouble finding the net to tie the game in the 25th minute of the second half.
“We looked tired to start the second half,” Loughran said. “We just couldn’t get any rhythm going.”
The final 15 minutes of the half the Bulldogs found some energy but couldn’t find the goal. Two free kicks, one breakaway and a corner kick were all within inches of the Eagle Valley net.
“I had one at the end of the second half that just went over the goal,” Mann said. “I was like ‘Ohhh man that was there.'”
Time expired in regulation with too many “ohhh mans” for the Bulldogs. In extra time, the Bulldogs had three shots on goal in the first five-minute period but couldn’t convert. In the second period Eagle Valley countered with its own three-shot performance to no avail.
“The end of game was so intense we just wanted to win,” Moffat junior Jessica Uecker said. “But in the end you know you’ve got your teammates to support you either way.”
With the tie the Bulldogs still ended up with best overall record of a MCHS girls soccer team. The previous best was three wins and one tie. This year they finished with three wins and two ties. Overall the team finished 3-10-2 and 2-10-2 in the Western Slope.
“The girls were in all 15 games they played,” Loughran said. “In the past that hasn’t been the case. They did everything I asked of them this year and I’m proud of their accomplishments.”
Loughran said he was undecided about the coaching situation next year for girls soccer but: “I have too much invested in the this team to let them down. I’m going to create the best situation I can for them.”
David Pressgrove can be contacted at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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