Moffat County soccer snaps losing streak with 1-0 shutout of Aspen
It would appear the will to win can overcome the will of the wind.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team overcame quite a bit stacked against it Tuesday to finish with its first shutout of the season, winning, 1-0, against Aspen.
As was the case last week, the blustery conditions did little to help either team, but the Bulldogs were in for a rough second half with a wall of wind blowing against them.
With 35 total shots throughout the day, the Skiers got into good position again and again, but goaltender Hannah Walker would have none of it, nor would the defenders who kept sending back the ball when Walker didn’t get to it, though she did have 28 touches.
Everything Walker or designated goal kicker Kaylynn Haefs put their toe on was being blown back at them in midair, and it wasn’t until readjusting their strategy to keep it on the ground that Moffat County found their moment.
With precious minutes left on the clock, Katia Voloshin and Delaney Baker made their way upfield with little opposition compared to the rest of the game, and Delaney broke free to put one past Aspen’s Jessica Coxon.
Coxon had five saves and MCHS 12 total shots.
Delaney was in and out early on, favoring both her knee and ankle, but coach Harry Tripp applauded her effort to stay in it, as well as her sibling, Makenna, who remained on the sidelines only briefly after a bloody nose from an errant pass before getting on the field again.
“They’re Baker girls, they’re tough,” he smiled.
Aspen coach Jon Gillies gave credit to Moffat County’s overall defensive work.
“We couldn’t buy a goal today,” he said, adding that the wind was only partly to blame. “We’ve got to be able to play in any conditions.”
Aspen, now 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the 3A Western Slope League, will face Grand Valley at home Thursday.
Moffat County varsity — which improves to 4-5, 3-1 WSL — has a day or two to take it easy as JV hosts Steamboat Springs Thursday, but they’ll be right back in the thick of it as the school week comes to a close and Grand Valley comes to Craig Friday.
Delaney expects to show the Cardinals no mercy.
“This was a confidence boost because we were on a losing streak, but this will take us back to the beginning and we’ll keep going and build off this,” she said.
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