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Moffat County girls soccer season comes to an end

Nate Waggenspack

The Moffat County girls soccer team ended its season with a loss last weekend.

The Bulldogs were at Grand Junction Central on Friday with a chance to achieve a positive record but couldn't hang with their Class 5A opponents and lost, 3-1. Central got all three of its goals in the first half, while Jazmine Swindler put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard on an assist from Brenna Ciesco in the second half.

Moffat County got off plenty of shots but didn't put enough on target to make the Warriors defense pay. Central goalkeeper Beatrice Torres only had to make five saves in the game. Hannah Walker, meanwhile, made 21 saves for the Bulldogs.

The game was Moffat County's fourth in five days, after a 3-1 loss at Roaring Fork on Monday and wins at Rangely and Vail Christian on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. After the team's record dipped to 2-5 midway through the season, the Bulldogs came back strong and won five of seven games before losing to Central in the finale. They finished 7-8 overall and 4-5 in 3A Region 3 play, taking seventh in the league after losing on a tiebreaker to sixth-place Aspen.

The top four teams from Region 3 make the playoffs, so the Bulldogs’ season ended Friday. Despite taking seventh place, MCHS was a couple of narrow results away from making the postseason. Early in the year, it lost to Coal Ridge, 3-1, and Basalt, 2-0, without the full varsity roster available. Then in the last couple weeks of the season, the Bulldogs lost to Aspen, 3-2, after owning a 2-0 lead in the game. A win against Basalt would have been enough to get the Bulldogs into fourth on tiebreakers, given the way the rest of the season played out.

Still, it was one of the team's best-ever seasons and continued the program's positive trend since moving to 3A. The Bulldogs amassed the second-most wins in program history, after last year's record-breaking 8-6-1 regular-season mark and playoff appearance.

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