MCHS soccer shutout with new lineup |

MCHS soccer shutout with new lineup

David Pressgrove

No one can say Moffat County High School coach Mick Havrilla isnt afraid to try new things.

After watching the game tape of a 5-4 loss against Palisade, Havrilla decided he would rearrange his lineup for his teams game against Rifle Saturday.

We left holes in the midfield (against Palisade) because we were attacking too much, Havrilla said. So I moved some guys around in order to find more control from our defense.

The lineup change moved top scorers, senior Eric Havrilla and junior Brad Hurd, to the defense. The Bulldogs defense gave up three fewer goals against the Bears, but the offense was unable to create scoring opportunities and was shut out in a 2-0 loss.

I just cant figure out why we didnt get shots today, coach Havrilla said. Eric and Brad arent our only weapons, but today the offense just didnt click.

Rifle scored a goal in each half with both shots coming from senior Seth McGrueder.

Seth had hit everything but the net so far this season and it was nice to see him finish, Rifle coach Tom Taucher said. The difference in the game is that we finished our opportunities and Moffat County didnt.

The closest the Bulldogs came to scoring was a shot from Eric Havrilla in the second half, which careened off the far post.

Rifle was one of the most physical teams in the league, Eric Havrilla said. They had an aggressive keeper and frustrated us offensively.

The game against the Bears marked the midpoint of the conference season. The Bulldogs are 1-4 and in last place in the Western Slope Conference, but they could just as easily have been 4-1.

We lost all but one game by one goal, coach Havrilla said. The second half of the season we could go 5-0 or 0-5 depending on a couple of bounces.

Havrilla said that the first half of the conference season he had been substituting at a high rate in order to find the right combinations. With nine games under his belt, he said the second half of the season the Bulldogs would have a more regular lineup.

The kids that are playing well in practice and in games will start to play more, coach Havrilla said. Now weve seen what everybody can do and playing time will be awarded to the right combinations of players.

Havrilla said some of the aspects that he is hoping to improve in the next six games are to develop a quicker style of play and use space and time better.

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