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Varsity soccer team faces onslaught

Bruce Tippets

Playing one soccer game in one day is tough. Playing three soccer games in one day is unheard of, but that is what lies ahead for the Moffat County High School varsity soccer team Saturday at the Dirty Bird Classic in Aurora, Colo.

The Bulldogs (1-5, 0-2) start the day at 9 a.m. against Denver West followed by an 11 a.m. game against Hinkley West and MCHS will finish the day at 1 p.m. against Sterling.

“Playing three games in one day will be a real test for us,” said coach Eric Johnson. “Physically we should be able to do it. I hope that we don’t kill our kids over there, because we play later on in the week. I just hope we get through the day injury-free. Hopefully, this tournament will be a good practice for us.”

Johnson believes having three games in one day will help the Bulldogs down the road.

“This tournament gives us a chance to work on different formations,” said Johnson. “Hopefully, we can get our passing and trapping back in order. The tournament does come at a good time, because we are halfway during the season.”

The Bulldogs will put Brandon Duarte, a freshmen, in goal Saturday and put Tony Bohrer, a senior, the regular goalie in the field. Bohrer hurt his hand earlier in the season, and the injury has been aggravating.

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“Brandon has done a really good job for us when he has been our goalie and I will probably go with him this weekend,” said Johnson. “Tony’s hand is killing him and I will put him in the field. I want to give him a break before league play comes back.”

After losing two tough matches to Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs, Johnson has confidence his upperclassmen will turn things around.

“The team knows where we need to go from here,” said Johnson. “The seniors know that we need to step it up. We need to start playing our game. I think that we played our game in the second half against Glenwood Springs and we played it well.”

The junior varsity team started its season on Sept. 23 against the Steamboat Springs Sailors and lost, 10-0. On Saturday, the junior varsity team had a closer game, but dropped a 4-0 decision to Glenwood Springs.

“It was unfortunate that we had to play Steamboat Springs in our first game,” said JV coach Cassia McDiffett. “In the second half we gave up one goal and showed improvement. On Saturday, we played a lot better and we were pleased with the way we did. We only have three more games left this season. The season is shorter for them, because we are short in numbers this year.”