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Moffat County soccer splits Homecoming week games

Bulldogs conquer Colorado Rocky Mountain School, fall to Basalt

Moffat County High School's Marco Hernandez (15) lofts a pass to teammate Ulises Silva (10) during the Bulldogs' Thursday game at home against Basalt. The Longhorns beat MCHS, 4-1, with the Dogs coming off a Tuesday road win at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 7-3.
Andy Bockelman

With two similar game scenarios — a tie at halftime — in both of their games during Homecoming Week, Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School boys soccer had a great outcome in the first instance. The other, not so much. boys soccer had a great outcome in the first instance. The other, not so much.

Moffat County High School boys soccer had a great outcome in the first instance. The other, not so much.

MCHS had its highest-scoring game to date this season Tuesday with a 7-3 triumph in Carbondale against Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

Tied up at one goal apiece after the first 40 minutes, Moffat County caught fire in the latter half with six goals and though CRMS was able to put in two more, the game clearly belonged to the Bulldogs, making the Oysters say, “Aw, shucks!”

“They just had to settle down and play their way,” said coach Harry Tripp.

In a match with 30 shots from the boys in blue, Ulises Silva had another hat trick and almost made it a double with five goals while Marco Hernandez and Micajah Prescott each scored one. Assists were prominent in the team effort, with Hernandez, Hugo Snyder and Marco Ayala each taking two and Wyatt Nielsen one.

In goal, Daniel Moore had 12 saves and Tristen Walls two in a 10-minute stint in the box against CRMS.

It was a different story Thursday as the home field was decked out in blue and white to celebrate Homecoming festivities, and both the Dogs and their opponents from Basalt came ready to dominate.

Though the Longhorns attacked the goal hard and often in the first half, some tight defense coupled with downright acrobatic feats kept the ball from finding net, and the Basalt boys didn’t like it one bit.

At 0-0, it was anyone’s game going into the second half, but whether Moffat County defense had a lapse or if the Longhorns had just built up too much steam, a stretch of about 10 minutes saw Basalt put in three to stay comfortably in the lead. A final goal by Kyle Hofferbert incensed the already weary Bulldogs, with Marco Hernandez answering back late in the game, but the Longhorns took the win, 4-1.

“It was just talking, we weren’t communicating well,” said Spencer Turner, one of the Bulldog captains. “Second half, after that first goal, we started getting down on each other and it was hard to keep control.”

MCHS had 16 shots and Moore 24 saves.

Now 6-4-1 overall and 3-2 against Region 3 teams 6-4-1 overall and 3-2 against Region 3 teams, the fourth place Dogs slip behind Coal Ridge while Basalt stays second in the league at 5-0-1 and 7-5-1 on the season., the fourth place Dogs slip behind Coal Ridge while Basalt stays second in the league at 5-0-1 and 7-5-1 on the season.

6-4-1 overall and 3-2 against Region 3 teams, the fourth place Dogs slip behind Coal Ridge while Basalt stays second in the league at 5-0-1 and 7-5-1 on the season.

With three games to go, the playoffs are still in reach Tripp said, though Moffat County will need to stay tough hosting the top league team Vail Mountain this Tuesday, followed by a road rematch with Roaring Fork and the season conclusion at home with Grand Valley.

Though he expects the Gore Rangers to give them as much of a challenge as the Longhorns, Tripp is still confident in his group, with Silva leading Region 3 in both goals and total points — 19 and 39, respectively — and Moore’s 191 saves on the season well beyond any other league goalie.

“Anything can happen,” Tripp said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.


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