Grand Valley rallies vs. Moffat County soccer again
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Moffat County (2-4) at Coal Ridge (8-0)
11 a.m. Saturday
Coal Ridge High School
Playing the same foe for the second time this week, the result was the same for the Moffat County girls soccer team, which lost its second straight game.
The Bulldogs hosted the Grand Valley Cardinals in Craig in a 4-2 loss Tuesday and traveled to Parachute on Friday in search of revenge.
However, they came up short once again. Battling the weather, MCHS couldn’t keep up with Grand Valley’s offense and lost, 5-1, falling to 2-4 for the season.
Once again, Moffat County got on the scoreboard first in the game. With gusting winds at her back, Allie Ehlers recorded her ninth goal of the season on a free kick in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
“Allie scored from midfield on the free kick,” said coach Harry Tripp. “That’s how strong the wind was today.”
But while having the wind on their side was an advantage, the Bulldogs were unable to control most of their shots, Tripp said, which carried over the goal on many of Moffat’s offensive chances.
The Cardinals used a different lineup Friday than they did Tuesday, which threw off Moffat County’s plans in defending them. Moving Lauren Paskett from forward to goalkeeper was an unexpected change that didn’t slow down the Grand Valley offense, Tripp said.
Grand Valley was able to equalize and take a 2-1 lead into halftime and then owned the second half with the wind at its back.
“In the second half, it just went south,” Tripp said. “We weren’t running with our man. They kept taking off down the sideline, and we couldn’t keep up with them, so they got easy crosses. They were camped out in the middle, took the ball, shot and scored.”
Defender Dani Flores was injured during the game, causing further difficulty for Moffat County’s defensive half.
The Bulldogs play Western Slope League-leading Coal Ridge at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Castle, where they’ll try to get back on track.
“If we come out tomorrow with a good, positive attitude and don’t let today’s game get to us, we can beat them,” Tripp said.
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