Moffat County soccer seeks to get heads straight after pounding by Palisade |

Moffat County soccer seeks to get heads straight after pounding by Palisade

Moffat County High School's Erik Payan traps the ball and plans to get it in the other direction Tuesday afternoon against Palisade.

When it comes down to a battle of the Bulldogs, only one side can ultimately be the top dogs.

Moffat County High School boys soccer found this out the hard way Tuesday when they hosted the Palisade Bulldogs, falling 10-1 to the 4A squad.

The Craig crew caught a break in the first half by capitalizing on a penalty kick from Pedro Romero to get on the scoreboard, though it was the visiting Dogs who held the 5-1 advantage at halftime.

Things snowballed in the remaining 40 minutes, as MCHS athletes struggled to keep their energy and mindset where it needed to be, with Palisade running the tempo and causing consternation.

Multiple Moffat County players came off the field with injuries, though the greater problem was mentality, said coach Nathalie Boelen.

“They blamed each other, got mad at the refs, and they’re just not looking at themselves,” she said.

An already rough day in the box for goalie Sabastian Hershiser was coupled with a late push by Palisade to invoke the mercy rule — which they did with one minute remaining — as he kept getting pelted by shots.

Palisade’s shooting frequency was far different from that of the Central group Moffat County saw the Saturday before, he said, and the MCHS defense just couldn’t keep up.

“We really need to stay more centered,” Hershiser said.

Further up the field, forwards and midfielders had their share of chances on the maroon Bulldog goal, though positioning was problematic with defenders who were well-coordinated.

“They knew each other and where to go and when to do it,” Canyon Chambers said.

At 0-4, Moffat County hosts fellow 3A Western Slope Leaguers Basalt at 11 a.m. Saturday, a game which everyone on the roster intends to be an improvement.

“We want to work on one-touch shooting and putting on the pressure,” Chambers said.

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