Prep Roundup: Cards can’t keep up with Bulldogs; Titans too much for Telluride
Craig Daily Press
CRAIG—Saturday went even better than Moffat County High School boys soccer coach Harry Tripp had hoped. With a sizable lead at halftime, he asked his players to hit a mark of seven goals for the day, which they did.
And then they went a little further.
A home game against a shorthanded Grand Valley squad worked very well for the Bulldogs, who picked up an 8-0 win against the Cardinals.
Marco Ayala was on the attack right away — scoring the opening goal about five minutes into the game — with the rest of the team following suit as Ulises Silva, Alfredo Duarte and Micajah Prescott also bombarded overworked Grand Valley goalie Alex Schuckers, putting the score at 4-0 by the end of the first half.
The visitors from Parachute were working with only 12 players at the beginning, with Christian Vicencio benched as a precautionary measure in the first half after a bad fall. Less than one minute into the second half, Grand Valley’s Luis Ruiz had to be carried off the field in agony holding his hip and knee, leaving coaches Chris Walker and Rick Van Vleet with just 10 men.
“We knew we were going to be down today, so we wanted to play a little bit better defense,” Van Vleet said.
Grand Valley continued to stack defenders around the goal, but the Bulldogs got through nonetheless, with their first two goals of the half coming from second-chance shots. Deflections of two shots by Alfredo Duarte turned into quick follow-ups from Luis Lopez and, then, Alejandro Almaraz.
Silva also put in a second goal for Moffat County’s seventh, but it was a powerful free kick by Jose Duarte — following a Cardinals hand ball — that hit the back net to everyone’s surprise for the final score.
Tripp said the game was “a great confidence builder” after a tie on Tuesday and a loss on Thursday, though he made sure his players weren’t too cocky heading into a game against a squad that has yet to win this season.
“They came in, and they earned it,” he said. “We came to every ball, we were aggressive, we had a good give-and-go. As a team, it was just good soccer.”
MCHS recorded 38 shots with five assists on their scoring compared to the Cardinals’ seven shots on goal.
Now 0-5-0, Grand Valley will next take on Roaring Fork at home on Tuesday.
“Moffat County came to play, no doubt about that,” Van Vleet said. “Our guys didn’t quit even though they were down. It’s a new team and a rebuilding year for us.”
The Bulldogs, now 1-1-1 with a 1-0 record in the 3A Western Slope League, will face Rifle twice in the next week, on the road Tuesday and back at home Saturday.
Coal Ridge 6, Telluride 0
GRAND JUNCTION — Enrique Bucio finished with a hat trick and a pair of assists — bringing his assist total for the season to eight — to help the Titans roll to an easy win over Telluride.
Bucio, a senior who was the nation’s leader in assists as a junior, is again among the nation’s best in that category. His eight assists rank him among the top 10 in total assists and, through Saturday, among the nation’s best in assists per game at 2.67. Statistics are provided by http://www.maxpreps.com.
Sergio Valentine added two goals and Alonzo Pacheco added a goal for the Titans (3-0-0), who held a 4-0 lead against a Telluride team that has been a regular in the 3A state playoffs for the past half-decade.
Alex Gutierrez and Ronald Ayala each added assists and Ramon Plano tallied three saves in goal for the 3A Titans, who host Class 4A Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.
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