The Grand County High School girls’ soccer team lost both of its matches last week, falling 3-2 at home in overtime to Richfield on Tuesday, Aug. 29, then losing 2-0 at North Sanpete on Thursday, Aug. 31.
Against Richfield, Grand sophomore Kyha Gritts gave the Lady Devils an early 1-0 lead when she capitalized on Richfield’s goalkeeper’s momentary inattention, kicking the ball into the net while the keeper was distracted.
Later in the first half, Richfield’s Maleea Nielson tied the game up 1-1 with a scoring kick of her own.
Grand went ahead again in the second half, thanks to a goal by freshman Emree Olsen. But once again, Nielson provided an equalizer for the Lady Wildcats, and the score remained 2-2 until the end of regulation time.
Then, early in the first overtime period, Richfield’s Jessica Terry knocked in a shot past Grand goalkeeper Veda Gritts for the sudden-death victory.
Against North Sanpete at Mount Pleasant, the Lady Devils battled the Hawks in a scoreless duel for much of the game, but North Sanpete scored two late goals in the final 10 minutes of play, one by Isabelle Johansen and the other by Emi Palmer, to come away with a 2-0 region win.
“Though we didn’t get the results we were hoping for, the girls played extremely well in both games last week,” said GCHS head coach Christopher Beitner. “[You] couldn’t have asked for a better performance from them. Richfield and North Sanpete are very talented squads.”
Beitner added, “The match against North Sanpete was a close competition. We had plenty of opportunities on goal, among them a shot from Olivia Medina that hit the crossbar, and a free kick from Josie Camps that was narrowly tipped away by the opposing keeper.”
This week, Grand (1-2 overall, 0-2 in region play) has two contests scheduled: at Moab against San Juan on Sept. 5, followed by a trip to Monroe to play South Sevier on Thursday, Sept. 7.
“I have already observed a rapid progression in our level of play in the brief time we’ve had thus far,” Beitner said. “The girls have been working extremely hard both in training and competition, and I feel certain that with their continued effort, the results will follow.”