Moffat County soccer works through changes with Roaring Fork
With players finding themselves in new parts of the field Saturday afternoon, the Moffat County High School soccer team had more than a few difficulties against its latest opponents, though if there was one takeaway for their coach it was the benefit of Bulldogs getting new perspectives.
MCHS girls took a 9-0 defeat to the Roaring Fork Rams during the weekend as athletes had to learn quickly shuffled around a bit.
Coach Nathalie Boelen said she had to make multiple adjustments in positioning due to being down a couple players with Jackie Barraza sick and Yoselin Cordero-Alcantar unable to play.
“They’re my stopper and my sweeper,” Boelen said. “I’ve told them all year I want to move them around so I could see where they fit. I don’t have a center-midfielder, and I need one. We’ve tried several people there, and Naomi (Torres) is probably the best one there now, but she likes to play on the wing. She’s been playing really tough and doing a lot more.”
Boelen also had Trinitie Beckner at outside fullback, which she said would prepare her for the college level, as well as working in more of her bench.
Adjustments took some time, and the Rams made the most of their hosts’ changes with four goals in the first half.
They crashed the box more frequently later in the game, and though Bulldog goalkeeper Bailey Lawton racked up 25 saves, Roaring Fork’s persistence got the ball in net five more times.
A silver lining was keeping the deficit out of double digits. Boelen said a loss by mercy rule — 10 goals — isn’t great for morale, though her real concern is players losing minutes of game time.
“I want them to play that full game,” she said.
Boelen said the Rams’ energy and skill was greater than that of MoCo’s previous opponents, Vail Christian, though Larissa Payan disagreed.
“I think they were about even,” she said.
The Bulldogs held the Saints to 4-1 in an April 16 loss at home.
Another home game is in store with a rescheduled match with Coal Ridge Tuesday, April 23, followed by a road game in Rangely.
“I’m really looking forward to that Rangely game,” Payan said.
After four years of hard work, members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2019 are striving to keep going for greatness in the world, and the Bulldogs who took top honors during graduation aren’t just sitting on their laurels.