MCHS falls in season finale at Roaring Fork, 5-2 |

MCHS falls in season finale at Roaring Fork, 5-2

John Vandelinder

Winners in double overtime late Thursday against rival Steamboat Springs, the Moffat County High School soccer team ran out of gas Friday afternoon in the team’s season finale.

The Bulldogs (3-10 Western Slope League, 4-11 overall) lost, 5-2, at Roaring Fork (5-4-3 Region 7 – 3A, 6-5-3 overall).

The quick turnaround proved costly, as the Bulldogs fell behind, 3-0, at the half.

“We didn’t have a lot of hustle there at the beginning,” MCHS coach Rusty Cox said. “I just tried to talk to them” at the half, “and get them fired up and get them going.”

Moffat County responded, breaking through 12:30 into the second half, behind a goal by sophomore Tracy Mendoza.

Roaring Fork answered less than 12 minutes later, putting the MCHS deficit back to three.

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Mendoza struck again – his fifth goal in the team’s final two games – cutting the Rams’ lead to two, 4-2.

But Roaring Fork added a goal in stoppage time to account for the final margin of victory.

“We played better in the second half,” Cox said. “We passed the ball really well and played better as a team.”

The season is finished for the Bulldogs – a huge learning experience for Cox.

“I really learned a lot,” the first-year skipper said. “We’ll move on, make some big adjustments, mix stuff up next year, and hopefully we’ll have a great year.”


The Bulldogs overall win total of four tied last season’s final victory tally. : Moffat County beat Roaring Fork, 2-1, on Sept. 20 at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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