MCHS soccer drops first game
Moffat County took an early 1-0 lead in the battle of the Bulldogs soccer teams, but the maroon and white Bulldogs from Palisade bounced back for a 6-2 victory Saturday.
The Moffat County High School (MCHS) soccer team started out on fire Saturday on the road against Palisade, outshooting Palisade 7-2 in the first 25 minutes of the game and taking a 1-0 lead.
Isidro Quezada, a junior, scored the goal in the 17th minute.
“For the first 20 minutes Saturday we played the best that I have ever seen us play,” said second year coach Eric Johnson. “We were quick and we were controlling the field. We looked amazing.
“Our goalkeeper, senior Tony Bohrer, was playing an outstanding game,” said Johnson. “He was ‘on’ Saturday.
From the 25-minute mark on, Palisade dominated. Not only did Palisade real off 16 shots before the intermission, they kept MCHS from taking a shot for the next 35 minutes.
Palisade tied the game at 1-1 at the 42-minute mark, and secured the lead just two minutes later.
In the second half, the Bulldogs had to go with their backup goalkeeper, freshmen Brandon Duarte, after Bohrer was sidelined with an injury.
“Once Tony got hurt our game started to fall apart,” said Johnson. “His injury took our heads out of the game. We stopped controlling the game at that point. Tony has to get his hand checked this week and he may have broken his hand.”
Palisade started the scoring in the second half with a penalty kick at the 48-minute mark and made it 4-1 in the 55th minute.
“It was Brandon’s first varsity game and he played a good game,” said Johnson. “I am not disappointed in his performances at all. He played really well. Varsity level soccer is a big step up for him because he is just 14 years old.”
The scoring cooled off for a while, and then the Bulldogs started a rally of their own when Quezada knocked in his second goal of the afternoon at the 67-minute mark. The goal cut the lead, 4-2.
“We had a couple of moments in the second half when we clicked,” said Johnson. “One was when we scored, but other than that we lost our heads in the second half.”
At the 75th minute, Palisade made the score 5-2 and essentially putting the game out of reach.
“Palisade was an all right team,” said Johnson. “They were a really aggressive team and overall they had a pretty good team. They played a lot of long ball.”
The Bulldogs will next be in action Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Loudy- Simpson Park against the Steamboat Springs junior varsity team in a scrimmage.
“We will use the scrimmage just to work on things and work on fundamentals,” said Johnson.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.