MCHS girls varsity soccer continues strong 2nd-half play
If the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team is close by halftime, coach Harry Tripp likes his team’s chances.
The team was able to ride four second-half goals to beat Eagle Valley, 4-0, on Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex.
“We were alive in the first half,” Tripp said. “We had 23 shots (on goal) at halftime.
“The shots just weren’t bouncing our way.”
But, as has been the case this season, the Bulldogs found a way in the second half.
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“The ball started bouncing our way,” Tripp said. “We played a lot better.”
Goalie Skylar Tripp stopped everything that came her way for her second consecutive shutout.
“She had a good game,” Harry Tripp said. “She dove for a couple balls. And some of her kicks were unbelievable.”
For the second consecutive game, MCHS (4-7 overall, 3-6 in the Western Slope League) went into halftime tied, 0-0.
Like an April 20 game against Rifle High School, the Bulldogs didn’t waste any time in the second half.
Shortly after the second half started, Eagle Valley’s defenders kicked the ball to midfield and away from the goal.
Unfortunately for the Devils (1-10-1 overall, 0-8-1 in the WSL), MCHS senior Anastasia Todd was waiting.
The senior kicked the ball from midfield and it one-hopped into Eagle Valley’s goal to break the scoreless tie.
For Todd, it was also her first varsity goal.
“I’ve had assists before,” she said. “But that was my first goal. It kind of completes my senior year.”
Tripp said Todd’s goal was set up perfectly.
“That’s every defense player’s dream,” Tripp said. “It rolled up to her perfectly and she just booted it.”
Tripp said during his playing time, it was the one shot that eluded him.
“It’s something you dream about,” he said. “It’s one I never got to fulfill, but I’m glad she did.”
Shortly after Todd’s booming kick, junior Justine Hathhorn scored her first varsity goal to put the Bulldogs up, 2-0.
Ana Flores bounced a ball in over the Devils goalie’s head for the Bulldogs’ third goal, and Kelly Ciesco added the team’s fourth goal on a long shot from outside the box.
Tripp said the team picked up momentum as the game progressed.
“Defense-wise, we kind of hesitated a little in the first half,” he said. “I told our midfielders ‘This is your game.’ And Lili (Torres) and Kelly (Ciesco) stepped it up.
“They did an awesome job of distributing the ball and taking shots.”
Todd said the Bulldogs could do little wrong at home.
“I think that we definitely played well,” she said. “We passed the ball a lot, and we don’t always click, but we did today.
“I’m proud of the way we played.”
Notes: Overall, the varsity team took 45 shots on goal, the most this season. … The team was without three starters. … The junior varsity team also won, 4-0, behind goals from Bailey Hellander, Erika Quinones, Harley Germond and Kylee Gorringe.
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