Moffat County soccer back to basics against Basalt |

Moffat County soccer back to basics against Basalt

Craig Press Staff Report
The Moffat County High School defense gets moving as Basalt starts pushing upfield Saturday.
David Tan

Win or lose, Moffat County High School soccer coach Nathalie Boelen requires her players to demonstrate persistence, teamwork and fundamental skills, and even amid struggles in terms of score, Bulldogs are showing the traits she wants.

MCHS took an 8-0 defeat Saturday at home with Basalt, a game that was a rebound, at least in spirit, from the Dogs’ previous outing.

A 10-1 loss versus Palisade earlier in the week stung all the more as Craig athletes grew increasingly more divisive among themselves and checked out of the game mentally.

In comparison, the meeting with the Longhorns was a fight to the finish even when Moffat County trailed considerably.

An early Basalt goal kept the Dogs on their toes, with the defense keeping the tally close for about 30 minutes until the Longhorns went on a scoring spree, adding four more in the net by halftime.

MCHS players had 14 shots throughout the day, though they couldn’t quite finish off their many approaches.

The rough road against the 3A Western Slope League opponent was nonetheless an improvement in their coach’s eyes, whose major goal for the day was to make sure Bulldogs didn’t stop working until the end.

“They played much better and at least didn’t quit,” Boelen said.

MCHS next travels to Parachute Sept. 22 to face the Grand Valley Cardinals.