Moffat County soccer loses to Basalt, Central to finish week
It’s been a busy week for the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team, and the hectic schedule caught up with them at the tail end.
MCHS lost, 3-2, Thursday in Basalt, and 3-0, during a Friday home game against Central High School of Grand Junction.
The rematch against the Longhorns looked to be going the Bulldogs’ way, up, with a 1-0 at halftime, but Basalt suddenly took control and was able to surge ahead to victory.
“I don’t know what it is about our second half,” said MCHS coach Harry Tripp.
Tripp said communication suffered during the away game, while Basalt defense cracked down on Moffat County leading scorer Delaney Baker, who, along with Alex Samuelson, put their team on the scoreboard with one goal apiece.
Returning to their own field Friday, the Bulldogs were at a standstill in the first half with the Central Warriors, no team scoring and Hannah Walker putting on a fine display in goal.
Tripp took out a weary Baker early in the second half, and the differences in position had a notable effect. Though Brittany Swindler and Wendy Gomez were constantly on the attack, setting up a good scoring play was easier said than done.
Meanwhile, MCHS’s defense was tiring out, and Central was able to slip in a trio of goals, one by Chloe Marston and two from Shayla Gilbert.
“They had a really good triangle going, and we started learning how to defend that, but it was hard with Delaney not being there,” Tripp said.
Neither loss will impact MCHS too much — the Basalt league game was one the Bulldogs already won the first time they met, and 5A Central is out of the team’s division.
Now 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the 3A Western Slope League, the varsity team will move on to home games against conference opponents Aspen and Grand Valley next week.
“We’ll have a good practice Monday and come out Tuesday ready to give 110 percent,” Tripp said.
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