Soccer team wins blowout in final home game |

Soccer team wins blowout in final home game

David Pressgrove

As is custom, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team celebrated its seniors with a halftime ceremony of its final home game. The team helped the ceremony be more upbeat as it jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half of a 6-2 win over Palisade.

“It was nice to get a homecoming win,” senior Marcos Quezada said. “I don’t know if that has ever happened.”

As far as anybody could remember, the Bulldogs hadn’t won a homecoming game in the team’s history. The winless visitors from Palisade were the first homecoming victims for the Moffat County program.

“We played some good soccer throughout the match,” coach Mick Havrilla said. “We came in with the mental confidence we could beat Palisade and it helped us play with passion and patience.”

Seniors Brad Hurd and Quezada made the most of senior appreciation with a little goal appreciation. Hurd hit a low shot into the right corner of the net in the 11th minute and, 25 seconds later, Quezada drilled a shot into the back of the goal.

“Mick had been talking about giving it everything we’ve got in 10 minute parts,” Quezada said. “We did that well today.”

Havrilla explained his philosophy further.

“I’ve tried to get them to think about the game in separate 10-minute sections,” he said. “It helps them think about giving their all bit by bit.”

Alberto Olivares had his best 10 minutes of the day in the fourth 10 minutes. He added two goals in the 32nd and 36th minutes.

In the second half, Havrilla gave some of his less used players time on the field but not before sophomore Pepe Loya and Quezada added goals. Palisade added two in the second half to negate a shutout.

With the win, Moffat County finished its home portion of the season at 3-3. Currently they are 1-4 on the road. Not winning on the road had been a trend for Havrilla-coached teams. Last year Moffat County was 3-2 at home and 0-5 on the road in the Western Slope Conference.

“It is a part of the progression of this program,” Havrilla said. “Mentally, we have to understand we can win against everybody here and on the road.”

Havrilla likened the Bulldog program to a young man stepping on the dance floor for the first time.

“When he first steps on the floor, he is timid and not sure what to do and then he becomes more comfortable,” he said. “Our program is now in the stage that we’re on the dance floor and we’re starting to get some moves, but there is still some uneasiness.”

His used the second game against Glenwood as an example of how the team is still uneasy.

“We go down to Glenwood against a team that barely beat Palisade, 1-0, and get beat 4-1,” Havrilla said. “I’m sure it is a mental thing that we can’t win there, but I don’t know how to coach that.”

The loss at Glenwood eliminated the Bulldogs from playoff contention making the last game against Rifle one for pride and the future.

“We go down to Rifle to try to make a statement to the league that we are still contenders,” Havrilla said. “If we get a win, we will once again beat the top teams in the conference like we did last year.”

The Bulldogs, 4-7 in the WSC, travel to Rifle to take on the league-leading Bears, 10-1, at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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