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Moffat County girls soccer rebuilding roster

Bulldogs go forward with blend of veterans, rookies

Numbers may be on the smaller side this season, but the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls soccer team has a long-term goal in mind. girls soccer team has a long-term goal in mind.

Moffat County High School girls soccer team has a long-term goal in mind.

As is often the case with spring sports in Northwest Colorado, girls soccer has had to adjust to transitional weather as the elements of winter stick around in the area.

Practices primarily indoors have had both good and bad traits, said coach Harry Tripp. "The ball moves a lot faster inside," he said, adding that this increases the pace of players.

The speed has been easy for some athletes to jump into, but with an abundance of freshmen still mastering the fundamentals, the roster is a little uneven.

Unlike last year, the Bulldogs won't be able to field a JV team, which means all players are automatically on the varsity squad.

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"We don't really have a feeder program like basketball and football," Tripp said, noting he'd like to see a middle school team for the sport come together someday.

A pair of losses during MCHS's opening weekend were rough going but also provided the team their first significant time on grass.

Tripp has four seniors this season: returning players Hannah Walker, Amairani Acosta and Wendy Gomez, as well as first-year Moffat County student Jennifer Aguirre.

Tripp said the addition of Aguirre will allow him more options on defense, possibly moving regular goalkeeper Walker to other positions occasionally.

Walker, who comes back to soccer this week following the basketball postseason, said she is ready to get things going on the field.

"We've got a whole new team coming together, so it'll be interesting to see what happens," she said.

MCHS girls finished fifth in their conference last year with a 7-8 overall record. With daunting teams like Coal Ridge and Aspen part of 3A Region 3, not to mention 2015 state champions Vail Mountain, this season will be somewhat of a challenge, Tripp said.

Still, he's more concerned with getting younger players solid time in their cleats, developing their potential and enhancing the team for years to come.

"It'll be a learning experience for all the girls, and we'll just go from there," he said.

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