The Grand County High School girls’ soccer team opened its season with a 2-1, non-region win at home against the Carbon Dinos on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Despite being behind 1-0 at halftime, the Lady Devils later got one goal each from a pair of freshmen, giving them the hard-fought victory.
Emree Olsen found the net first for Grand, tying the score 1-1 on a kick from the front. Fellow GCHS freshman Olivia Medina followed suit with a similar kick a few minutes later, giving Grand a 2-1 lead.
In the final moments of the game, Carbon threatened to score again on a breakaway play, but Tava Walling and other defenders managed to thwart the attempt just as the referee’s final whistle blew.
GCHS junior Veda Gritts had a solid debut at goalkeeper, making several saves. The Lady Dinos were 1-for-11 in shot attempts during the game, their only goal coming on a kick by Elly Cowdell early in the contest. Five Carbon shot attempts went up and over the net, and Gritts stopped the other five.
The Lady Devils, meanwhile, converted two of their 10 shot attempts on goal, GCHS head coach Chris Beitner said.
Despite having just 15 athletes on his roster, Beitner said he is encouraged by his team’s play thus far.
“We have a very talented squad this year and are looking forward to a competitive season,” Beitner said. “We are extremely appreciative of the support from our parents, administrators, families and friends.”
Grand’s next scheduled game is not until next week, when the Lady Devils face the Richfield Lady Wildcats in a region contest at Moab at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29.