Moffat girls soccer loses opener at Coal Ridge
MCHS girls soccer upcoming games
March 19 vs. Grand Valley at Woodbury Sports Complex
March 23 at Vail Mountain
March 28 vs. Vail Christian at Woodbury Sports Complex
Moffat County’s girls soccer team had a tough first game of the season, but given the circumstances the Lady Bulldogs have dealt with so far, their head coach was pleased with the performance.
The Bulldogs lost 4-0 at Coal Ridge on Thursday afternoon. The junior varsity team lost 3-0 afterward. But coach Harry Tripp was not disappointed with the results. In fact, he was happy with what he saw.
“They played good,” Tripp said about the varsity squad. “We made a couple mistakes as far as defense, and there were a couple good corner kicks (Coal Ridge) had. For the first time on grass, it was pretty good.”
Tripp was referring to the fact the girls have had to practice exclusively indoors because the soccer fields in Craig have been covered in snow. The team also was playing shorthanded Thursday in New Castle, with three players out due to sickness.
Combine that with the fact that Moffat County just got a handful of players added to the team after the basketball season ended, and it’s a recipe for a work in progress. But Tripp said the three girls he brought up from JV to help the varsity team “stepped up tremendously.”
Coal Ridge already had practiced outside and played a game, so they looked more fit for the field, Tripp said.
On the JV team, Moffat County has plenty of bodies to work with but not much experience. There are 10 freshmen playing for the Bulldogs this year, several of whom haven’t played soccer before. Tripp praised their efforts, as well.
With the recent warm weather, Tripp is hopeful the team will get outside and practice in order to get a feel for the grass and have more opportunity to run around.
“Condition-wise, I think some of the basketball girls were a little winded,” he said. “We’re going to do a little more running and hopefully get a good practice outside Friday and Saturday. Then hopefully we’ll be able to play the home game Tuesday.”
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