Lady Devils qualify for 3A soccer playoffs with win over South Sevier
by Aidan Guzman-Newton
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Goalkeeper Josie Camps launches herself to save a shot from an Emery attacker last week at home. 			          								             Photo by Greg Knight
Goalkeeper Josie Camps launches herself to save a shot from an Emery attacker last week at home. Photo by Greg Knight
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The Grand County High School girls’ soccer team won their first game this week at home on Tuesday, Sept. 26, outscoring South Sevier, 4-0. The Lady Devils lost their second game at home on Thursday, Sept. 28 against Emery, on a final score of 3-2.

It was incredibly easy for the Lady Devils to dominate the field against their opponents, South Sevier, as the girls played consistently through both halves without giving their opponents any chance to overpower the team. Josie Camps and Emree Olsen both scored goals during the first half of the game, leaving the score at 2-0. Camps and Olsen both scored again in the second half, ending the game with a score of 4-0. This win also guaranteed the Lady Devils a state playoff game.

Grand’s second game this week against Emery turned out to be much harder competition. Emery began the game strong, scoring within the first five minutes of play. The Lady Devils were set at a disadvantage shortly after that, as they had to pull out their starting goalkeeper, Veda Gritts, due to a previous injury. Camps, who was quick to pick up on the pace of things, replaced Gritts. Corah Moody was able to score a goal, after capitalizing on defensive mistakes by Emery, ending the first half with a score of 1-2. Emery scored another goal the second half, however Grand played much stronger overall. Junior Aspen Darcey was able to score before the end of the game, leaving the final score 3-2.

“I thought as a team we played really well,” Camps said. “Our defense held a solid line against Emery’s attacks. It was a really close game in the end.”

This week leaves Grand with a 3A South Region record of 2-1-6 and an overall record of 4-1-6.

The Lady Devils played their final region game on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Manti. The girls’ state playoff game is scheduled for Oct. 11 against an undetermined opponent.

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