Moffat County soccer topped, 2-1, by Colorado Rocky Mountain School
After two losses earlier in the week, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team was ready to claim a crucial win Saturday, but it wasn’t meant to be.
The Bulldogs finished out their homecoming week with a 2-1 loss to the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School of Carbondale, putting MCHS at 1-6-1 overall.
Moffat County was on the offensive to start the game, exploiting the porous nature of the defense put forth by CRMS, but numerous shots could not find their mark for either team in the first half, keeping the score at 0.
The Oysters found their first goal soon after halftime, as Luis Lopez continued to stand in for regular keeper Alex Arellano, but the Bulldogs caught a break when a wild kick by Garrett Ferguson landed in the hands of the CRMS goalie only to have him drop it over the line to tie up the score.
“I think that shot was just high enough that he got it in his hands, lost it and then it bounced funny,” senior Ferguson said.
A penalty kick by the Oysters was denied by Lopez, but the rebound shot was what counted, as the Bulldogs were again on the losing side as the ball hit the net.
The team wasn’t hurting for shots with 27 total and eight by Arellano alone, but several Moffat County shots flew right over the goal, including a free kick by Jose Duarte with seconds left that was the team’s final chance for either a tie or an overtime victory.
Although much of the game didn’t go his way with many errant passes, coach Harry Tripp was most frustrated by the final 10 minutes, in which he saw his players give more of a lackluster effort.
“We are not that team that gives up, are we?” he demanded after the whistle blew.
Tripp said he wasn’t sure what went wrong, owing to a busy week that led him to give players Friday to relax.
“That wasn’t them today,” he said. “They weren’t coming to the ball like they should.”
The loss puts the Bulldogs at 1-3 in the 3A Region 3 standings, somewhere in the middle as teams embark on league play.
“We’re still in the mix, but now it’s gonna be a little tougher,” Tripp said.
MCHS will travel to Basalt on Thursday, its last one-game week before facing three opponents in each of the following two weeks, with five league games in a row during that time.
Ferguson said he hopes to come back in the right way against the Longhorns, who suffered a 5-2 loss to Aspen on Saturday.
“I think we should do pretty good against them,” he said.