Moffat County soccer in playoff hunt after 6-1 win vs. Grand Valley
The skies may have been gray, but things were bright Friday for the members of the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team.
MCHS took a big win, defeating Grand Valley, 6-1, and keeping the Cardinals on their toes from the beginning.
Alex Samuelson scored the first goal in a matter of seconds for the Bulldogs, with Katia Voloshin and Delaney Baker pounding in two more near the end of a wet and windy first half.
It may or may not have had something to do with the weather growing calmer after halftime, but Grand Valley found its way through Moffat County’s defense to start the following half, the Bulldogs’ Makenna Baker single-handedly deflecting a shot in front of the goal only to lose her footing and collide with keeper Hannah Walker.
The ensuing pileup allowed Cardinal Megan Smith an easy score on an open net, assisted by Danielle Call. The goal pulled Grand Valley within 3-1.
MCHS didn’t take this lightly, particularly Delaney Baker, who took every opportunity she had to rush the goal, scoring thrice more for four total goals and her fourth hat trick of the season.
That brings the Moffat County senior’s total to 17 for the year and putting her back in the lead for both goals and total points, 37, in the league. She is tied for fifth in goals and ranks eighth in points across the entire 3A division.
The former league leader in those categories, Grand Valley senior Kyra Chenoweth, was unable to compete Friday due to an ankle injury she suffered earlier this month in her team’s loss to Rifle. She’s also not the only player who the Cardinals, unable to win since March, have lost to injury.
“These last two weeks have been a little rough, but they’re working through it,” said Grand Valley coach Scott Gregory. “It’s a good experience for the young girls to get out there and play a lot, although I was hoping to have them do mop-up at the end of some games instead of playing the full 80 minutes.”
The Cardinals took 10 shots, and goalie Kallista Lewis had 15 saves, while Moffat County had 33 attempts, with Walker grabbing the ball 14 times.
Grand Valley now 2-8 overall, 2-4 in the Western Slope League and next play the 7-1, 5-0 Vail Mountain on the road on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs — 5-5, 4-1 — were scheduled to host the Gore Rangers Saturday but due to a time conflict will instead meet them April 27. They will travel to Vail Christian (2-5, 0-4) Tuesday.
Though assists were prominent — Delaney Baker had two, Samuelson and Wendy Gomez each had one — proper passing continues to be an issue for the team, one which MCHS coach Harry Tripp said he needs them to improve.
“We can’t take those easy games like that for granted,” he said. “We’ve gotta clean up our passes. We’re just clearing it and kicking it to nobody, and we’ve got to take control and execute or we’re going to start losing games.”
The Friday victory and the 1-0 upset win of Aspen earlier in the week put them in a good place, he added, noting the outlook is favorable for Moffat County to gain a spot in the 3A playoffs. Nearly half the league consists of 2A teams — Vail Mountain, Vail Christian, Rangely, Colorado Rocky Mountain — playing up, meaning the Bulldogs are second only to Coal Ridge as far as Region 3 opponents headed to the postseason.
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