Delta’s Stephanie Sidor thought she was going to be able to get her head on the ball in this photo. Moffat County’s goalie had other ideas as she reached up to snag the ball before Sidor could make the head-pass. Delta won 2-0.
The Delta County soccer team got its season underway this past week with two matches. Delta played in Edwards against Battle Mountain on March 8, where they came up a 6-0 loser. On Saturday, the Lady Panthers hosted Moffat County's Lady Bulldogs (0-2) and evened their season's record at 1-1 with a 2-0 victory.
BM 6, Delta 0
It was cold, miserable, and the match was played under the lights in Edwards where Battle Mountain bested the Lady Panthers 6-0. Not an optimum time for playing many sports outside unless the temperatures are conducive.
According to Delta County coach Julie Mottern, "The field was beginning to turn to ice in places making it difficult to play well."
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, nothing was changed in scheduling to allow the match to be played under more favorable circumstances or earlier in the day.
Delta and Battle Mountain will face each other again, under more favorable weather conditions, on Mar. 27 in Delta.
Delta 2, MoCo 0
Delta bounced back on Saturday to offset a Thursday loss to Battle Mountain with a 2-0 win against the Lady Bulldogs of Moffat County.
Photo by Wayne Crick
Senior Sadie Carrillo (13) works for a clear passing or dribble lane against Moffat County last Saturday in Delta. Carrillo, a member of the Delta County soccer team, plays the front and is instrumental in setting up scoring plays or taking the shot on goal herself. The Lady Panthers were successful on Saturday with a 2-0 win over the visiting Lady Bulldogs.
Delta took a 1-0 lead to halftime on the goal from Cedaredge freshman Kristin Gardner a little more than halfway through the first half.
The combined Delta County team kept the ball in Moffat County territory for most of the first half's defensive struggle.
Second half play began the same way with Delta allowing the Lady Bulldogs to get across mid-field for brief periods of play before re-establishing offensive dominance and a goal off the foot of Lindsey Gardner to make the final score 2-0 and a family affair in the scoring department. Lindsey Gardner's goal came on a corner kick by Carissa Sidor.
Panthers' coach Julie Mottern was happy with Saturday's play after Thursday's loss in Edwards. "I felt we played well following the 'frozen tundra' episode against Battle Mountain. I was pleased on Saturday when we got up by one and kept it there the rest of the half."
Mottern gave credit to Carissa Sidor and Reilly Quist for their roles in holding the back side together during the match.
Lindsey Gardner was Mottern's choice for the player of the game against Moffat County with her second-half goal and the numerous shots on goal she had.
Mottern's choice for Thursday's player of the game would go to Kayla DeVilbiss for her great effort against Battle Mountain in the cold.
Delta played in Gypsum against Eagle Valley on Tuesday (Mar. 13) and is not slated to play again until Mar. 27 at home against Battle Mountain.