Moffat County soccer matches up with Middle Park in home opener

The first in a series of home games was a sign of improvement for Moffat County boys soccer as the Bulldogs got back on their home field.

The Bulldogs hosted the Middle Park Panthers on Monday afternoon for the first home game of the season, falling 6-1.

Though Middle Park’s aggressive start set the tone for the day with two goals in the first minute, MCHS adapted well with a well-placed goal by junior Santiago Quezada leading into halftime.

The second half likewise worked better as they kept Panther scoring to a minimum.

Head coach Diego Quezada noted that while players have already coped with some notable injuries in the opening weeks — with four losses on the road ranging from 4-0 to Delta to 10-1 at Caprock Academy — a long stretch without competition helped the squad prepare.

“That bye week has helped us out,” Quezada said. “That week-and-a-half let us breathe and get our mental space ready so we could go into today’s game. These cats today, Middle Park, weren’t very technical, but it was an effort thing for us.”

He noted that senior goalkeeper Rodolfo Marino Peralta’s performance Monday helped greatly and he has been a strong player in his first year with the Bulldogs after relocating from Kansas.

“His coach before really tuned him into that position,” Quezada said.

Moffat County will host back-to-back games this weekend, setting up a rematch with Caprock at 4 p.m. Friday and a league game with Gunnison at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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