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MCHS girls soccer team playing Steamboat Springs today

Joshua Gordon
Justine Hathhorn, left, and Kelly Ciesco, right, defend a Battle Mountain High School player March 31 at Woodbury Sports Complex. The Bulldogs will travel to rival Steamboat Springs today after a week off for spring break.
Joshua Gordon

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What: Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer game against Steamboat Springs High School

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Where: Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.

If you go…

What: Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer game against Steamboat Springs High School

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Where: Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.



Coming off a week without practice, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team will play rival Steamboat Springs at 5:30 p.m. today.

The game will be played at Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.



The Bulldogs (1-4 overall, 0-4 Western Slope League) had the previous week off due to spring break.

Head coach Harry Tripp said coming off break would be the biggest challenge his team has to overcome in the game.

“This is a make-up game of a cancelled game earlier in the season,” Tripp said. “We’ve had no practice or preparation, so it will be tough to jump right back into things with a game.

“We will have to play our style of game, like we did against Delta, and be tough and physical.”

Tripp said the key to the game could come down to the way his defense handles the Sailors’ (6-1-1 overall, 4-1 WSL) explosive offense.

Steamboat has 34 goals in eight games while the Bulldogs have 10 goals in five games.

“(Steamboat) has a lot of good seniors who can score a lot of goals,” Tripp said. “They take the ball to the sidelines and pass it, so it is more of a corner kick.”

The Bulldogs’ defense, Tripp said, has some tendencies they will have to overcome today.

“Our opponents score a lot of goals through the back door because our defenders tend to stay to one side of the field,” he said. “I am going to tell the defense to stay disciplined and run with their girls down the sideline.”

Offensively, Tripp said his halfbacks would have to communicate better.

“We need good control and dribbling with the ball,” he said. “If we can get some two-on-one opportunities with good passes, we can get some shots and goals.”

Junior Kelly Ciesco leads the Bulldogs in scoring, with five goals on the season. Senior Justine Hathhorn and sophomore Bretta Buchannan each have two goals.

Tripp said Ciesco would be instrumental in controlling the tempo of the game.

“Kelly always has a big game for us,” he said. “If she can control the midfield, we will be able to execute not just our offense, but our defense, as well.”

The girls soccer team has never beaten Steamboat, Tripp said, and a win today would be “huge.”

“The girls began playing Steamboat on traveling teams, and I think we have only beat them once, when they were 8 years old,” he said. “If we can get a victory over (Steamboat), it would be one of the biggest victories we could get.”

The Bulldogs will have to play back-to-back games this week, as they travel Tuesday to Palisade High School.

Tripp said it’s tough because having preparation time helps his team know what to expect from their opponent, and they won’t get that time.

Still, he said if his team plays the way they are capable, they will be OK.

“We just need a more disciplined defense,” he said. “And, if we can get our offense to take more shots, we will have what we need.”

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