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Steamboat prevails with penalty kick

If he could have done it all over again, MCHS senior C.J. Brown would have never made the gamble.

Brown’s slide tackle on Steamboat Springs senior Kyle Nelson in the goalie box led to the only goal in the game and a Moffat County loss.

“I figured I’d be able to get away with (the tackle) since we were pretty much side to side,” Brown said of the penalty that came in the 22nd minute of the second half. “I shouldn’t have slid because that was the game right there.

“We’d been looking for a 0-0 game there without my mistake.”

The first half of the game was full of missed chances at goals for both teams. Moffat County missed two open-goal shots while Steamboat hit the far post once and shot over the goal twice.

Players on both sides of the ball were having difficulty controlling shots and passes because of the rainy conditions.

Moffat County head coach Mick Havrilla said that while it played a part in the game it couldn’t be used as an excuse.

“Both teams had to play in the rain we can’t look at that as a reason we didn’t win,” he said.

“We had one break down on defense and that is what cost us the game.”

The penalty kicks after several Steamboat attacks were either wide of the goal or blocked by senior goalie Brandon Duarte.

“We played excellent today,” Duarte said. “I knew the P.K. was going to be the game because the teams would be lucky to score any other way.”

Before that, Steamboat was keeping possession of the ball in the second half and attacking Duarte often. The Bulldog keeper used his

6-foot-3 frame to block 11of 12 shots sent at him in the game

The Bulldogs began to control the ball and attack more after the penalty kick. Senior Eric Havrilla had four opportunities with free kicks in the last five minutes of the game, including within three feet of the goalie’s box in the last two minutes. The closest the bending hook came to the net was headed out by Steamboat senior Cody Sherrill. The opportunities at the end of the game had coach Havrilla jumping up and down on the sideline.

“This was so exciting and fun to watch,” he said.

“Steamboat is the flagship of the conference and we played like equals. It will be a strong season for Moffat County soccer from here on out.”

Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann was impressed by the Yampa Valley rivals.

“The seniors and juniors they’ve been working with are coming of age,” he said. “Mick has done a really good job, they are playing physical and solid.”

The loss dropped Moffat County’s record to 3-4 on the season with all losses being by one goal.

“Other coaches were telling our guys that they’ve got game but until we met Steamboat we weren’t sure,” coach Havrilla said. “After today, those one-goal games our going to be ours.”

The Bulldogs finish off their week with undefeated Glenwood Springs, another team that has been at the top of the Western Slope Conference.

“In the past, they’ve run attacks past us,” Duarte said. “But we have the speed this year to stop their attacks and a good chance to win the game.”


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