MCHS soccer team earns first win
After 80 minutes of soccer the Moffat County High School varsity team was deadlocked, 1-1, with the Eagle Valley Devils Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Two minutes into the overtime period, the Bulldogs Isidro Quezada, a junior, scored the game winning goal on a breakaway to give MCHS (1-3) its first victory of the season.
“We have been working really hard for this moment and I am just glad we finally got our first win of the season,” said Quezada. “I got a really good pass from Robert Bamford and we just all gave a big effort.”
In the extra period, the Bulldogs changed their offense and it worked.
“We went to an offensive attack in overtime,” said coach Eric Johnson. “The team decided they wanted to go on the attack. We went with our strong guys up front and it was a beautiful goal.”
Quezada said the Bulldogs moved the ball well on offense and that’s why they came up on top.
“We were passing the ball good, moving and being patience,” said Quezada. “Everybody did a good job, including the bench. This wasn’t an individual effort it was a team effort.”
In the game, Eagle Valley scored the first goal at the 10-minute mark of the first half. The Devils could have made it 2-0, but Bulldogs goalkeeper Tony Bohrer blocked a Devils penalty kick. Bohrer finished the game with 10 saves.
“Tony played an excellent game for us,” said Johnson. “That’s the second penalty kick he blocked for us in two games. He is on right now and I hope that we can keep him there.”
The Bulldogs put the pressure on the Devils defense late in the first half, but couldn’t score and Eagle Valley went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
“At first we started out a little slow up front,” said Johnson. “Then in the second half we played as a team and that’s why we came up on top.”
In the second half, the Bulldogs tied the game at 1-1, when junior Jeff Braselton found the back of the net at the 62-minute mark.
For the Bulldogs, Quezada had 10 shots on goal, Braselton had three and Justin Craig finished with two.
The Bulldogs won’t get any time to rest as they return to action Thursday against Steamboat Springs at 4 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park.
“We look for a real physical game against Steamboat Springs,” said Johnson. “It’s always a rivalry and it will be a heated game.”