It was not a good day for Bulldog soccer on Tuesday as the ‘Dawgs lost to Chaparral High School. The boys went down 4-0 and the girls lost 2-1. It was a must win game for the Bulldog boys as they faced elimination from possible tournament play if they were defeated.
The boys came out flat after defeating Cheyenne on Friday in Las Vegas 2-0. The disappointment on the Bulldog coach’s faces was noticeable as they attempted to rally their troops. The Cowboys had the first corner kick of the game at the three minute mark but could not take advantage of the shot. The Bulldogs Juan Ulloa broke free but his shot went wide of the net. The Bulldogs were called for three yellow cards in the first 15 minutes. The first penalty kick found net from approximately 40 yards as the Bulldog goalkeeper seemed to lose sight of the ball in the sun. The Cowboys added one more goal at the 33 minute mark of the first half as the continued to pressure the Bulldogs defense. It was all cowboys in the first half as the Bulldog offense sputtered.
The Bulldogs came out of the break with a little more enthusiasm as their offense had the Cowboys on the ropes but could not finish. The Bulldogs had a penalty kick and two more good shots on goal in the first five minutes of the period. The Cowboy goalkeeper was up to the task as he blocked the penalty shot. Chaparral added two more goals to win going away 4-0. The Cowboys outshot the Bulldogs 26-5 in the game. Although hammered with shots, Bulldog goalkeeper Domingo Ramirez had nine saves. “I have never been more frustrated and disappointed in my 13 years with the Bulldogs as I am now,” said Coach Bob Snell. “I know we are young but we played so well on Friday and then not compete on Tuesday. We knew we had to win the game but our leadership on the field is just not there, “added Snell. The Bulldogs have three games remaining in their season. They face one of the strongest teams in the state Southern Nevada Vocational Technical School next Monday at home.
The soccer girls lost to the Cowgirls 2-1 in a defensive struggle in Las Vegas. Bulldog Briana Tilton had the only goal of the first half to give the ‘Dawgs a 1-0 lead. The score was tied until the Chaparral scored with three minutes remaining in the game to get the win. The girls will face Boulder City today in an important league game at home.