Bulldogs bite back, avenge loss to Demons
Craig Daily Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CRAIG, Colorado – When it comes to the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team, health makes all the difference, head coach Rusty Cox said.
Cox’s philosophy was proven correct Tuesday as the Bulldogs defeated Glenwood Springs, 4-3, at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The Moffat County victory came just 10 days after the Bulldogs lost 3-1 at Glenwood, a game in which the team was down multiple players because of injuries and sickness.
“All our players were healthy and we had everyone back,” Cox said after the win. “Glenwood is a very good team and they never stop and you can never count them out, but I think we have proven that when we are healthy, we can play with anyone.”
The Bulldogs (5-5-2 overall, 4-3-1 in the 4A Western Slope League) scored the first goal of the game halfway through the first half when senior Jorge Gonzalez set up junior Alex Perez with a kick from the corner to right in front of the net.
Gonzalez and Perez weren’t done lighting up the scoreboard.
With just under 11 minutes left in the first half, Gonzalez saved a ball from going out of bounds in Glenwood territory, sent it to fellow senior Jonathan Pando who found Perez again in front of the net to put Moffat County up 2-0.
Less than a minute later, Gonzalez again assisted Perez on another goal to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
“I usually look in the penalty area and Alex is usually there,” Gonzalez said. “If I get him the ball, I just expect him to finish it off.”
Gonzalez said having everyone healthy made a “big difference.”
“Our passing was on, our centers got in and we just played consistently,” he said. “Having all the players back gave us an extra boost and we played a good game.”
The Demons, now 7-4-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the 4A WSL, scored in the last two minutes of the first half and again early in the second half to pull within one goal.
Glenwood’s final goal came in the last few seconds of the game.
“When we got the lead, the guys knew Glenwood would start to push hard and they rolled back to help the defenders,” Cox said. “I always tell them they have to make some decisions on the field themselves, and they did that and it allowed us to win.”
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