Grand led Wasatch Academy 1-0 early in the contest, but ultimately lost by a score of 4-1.
“We started out very bright, intense, and aggressive,” said GCHS head coach Mick Dunlavey. “We were doing a great job keeping the ball on our half of the field, but then with about five minutes left in the first half, we ran out of gas.”
After scoring a goal just before halftime to even the score at 1-1, the Tigers went on to score three more goals and secure the win.
Dunlavey noted that the Tigers’ tactic on offense was to kick the ball long up to their fast forwards for a few breakaway shots.
“We outshot them three to one, and outpossessed them all game, but our fitness level was not where we want it to be,” Dunlavey said during practice this week. “We’re taking the time to shore up our defensive tactics against the long ball.”
On Thursday, March 26, the Red Devils defeated the North Sevier Wolves at Salina by a score of 5-2.
Andrew Hugentobler scored twice, including one goal that went directly into the net from a corner kick. Another of Hugentobler’s corner kicks was headed in by teammate Jacob Francis. Also scoring goals for the Red Devils during the game were Koby Sobremesana and Tyson Saggboy.
“We scored right away, so we weren’t worried about winning,” said Dunlavey. “That game was all about controlling the ball with precision.”
Dunlavey said Hugentobler was named the “man of the match” in the game against North Sevier, while defensive player Duncan Reidhead had earned player of the game honors in the preceding contest against Wasatch Academy.
This week, the Red Devils (now 4-2 overall) are scheduled to travel to Manti for a game against the Templars. Manti has an undefeated 6-0 record so far this season. That match is scheduled for Thursday, April 3. Those same two teams will then play each other in Moab one week later, on April 10.