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MCHS soccer team back in action

Bruce Tippets

Missing in action. That’s been the case for the Moffat County High School soccer team the last two weeks.

Plans are to change that at 4 p.m. Thursday when the Bulldogs (0-1) face the Aspen Skiers on the road.

The Bulldogs lost to Palisade, 6-2, Sept. 4 in the season opener.

MCHS started the game playing well, taking a 1-0 lead at the 17-minute mark. Palisade tied the game at 1-1 at the 42-minute mark and then the lead for good two minutes later.

“It’s been a long time since we have played a game,” said coach Eric Johnson. “I think that the guys are ready to play. They are kind of getting burned out in practice and they want to get in a game and see what they have learned since the Palisade game. I am looking forward to what’s going to happen this weekend.”

According to Johnson, MCHS hasn’t faced the Skiers the last couple of years, but when Aspen was in the Bulldogs league they were a tough opponent.

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“We haven’t played Aspen in a few years,” said Johnson. “I don’t know what they are like now. It’s been three years since they have been in our league and they had a solid team back then. They like to play a lot of long ball. They will kick and run. They are going to be in good shape and hopefully we can slow the pace down with a controlled game. We also need to play with our heads the whole game.”

Johnson said the road trip won’t affect the outcome.

“It will be about a three-hour bus ride to Aspen,” said Johnson. “It won’t be too bad of a road trip. Any kind of road trip is kind of hard on a person. When you have to play as soon as you get there, it’s close enough that it won’t kill us.”

MCHS, will open home play Saturday against Basalt at 1 p.m. at Woodbury Park.

“We are ready to play at home on Saturday,” said Johnson. “We usually play really good at home. We lost to Basalt, 2-1, last year. This team that I have this year is 10 times better than what I had last year. We have a lot more talent and dedication on this team. I am looking forward to the Basalt game.”

“This weekend I want the team to get settled in with the control ball that we had in the first half of the Palisade game,” said Johnson. “I want us to get comfortable working with each other and trusting one another so we can play with confidence by the time we get into league play.”