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Longhorns trample Bulldogs

Bruce Tippets

Despite playing the Basalt Longhorns even in the second half, the Moffat County High School varsity boys soccer team came up short, 4-1, Saturday.

The Bulldogs (0-3) saw Basalt come off the blocks early, scoring two quick goals and never looking back in the win at Woodbury Park in Craig.

“We had a rough start Saturday with the two quick goals,” said coach Eric Johnson. “We are not playing as a team. We are lacking the motivation to go to the ball.”

In the game, Basalt wasted little time finding the back of the net as the Longhorns scored at the 3 minute mark and the 4 minute mark of the first half.

The Longhorns scored once more before the break to go into halftime with a 3-0 lead.

In the second half, the Bulldogs cut the score to 3-1 when senior Justin Craig put a pass beyond the Basalt goalkeeper. The Longhorns nailed the coffin shut by scoring after the Bulldogs defense got confused.

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“When Basalt made it 4-1 we got bunched up together and they just got it by our goalie,” said Johnson. “In the game Tony Bohrer, our goalie, blocked a penalty kick and he made some really good saves for us.

“Our defense had a strong game,” said Johnson. “Right now on offense, we can’t finish our scoring between our halfbacks and our forwards.”

According to Johnson, the Bulldogs played against a squad that is loaded with skilled players and seniors.

“Basalt was really fast and they have 35 players on the team and 13 of them were seniors,” said Johnson. “All day long they had fresh feet on the field. We did have a lot of parents and past players in the crowd and that was great to see.”

By contrast, the Bulldogs field 12 players for the team.

The Bulldogs will host Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park in the last-non conference game of the year and MCHS will start league play at 4 p.m. Thursday against Steamboat Springs.

“Against Eagle Valley I want the team to work together as a unit before our conference season starts,” said Johnson.