Red Devils soccer earn first victory at home against Emery
by Drew Chowbay
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Grand County’s Jameson Hawks (No. 16) battles against Emery’s Colten Childs (No. 9) on Tuesday, March 13.                 Photo by Drew Chowbay
Grand County’s Jameson Hawks (No. 16) battles against Emery’s Colten Childs (No. 9) on Tuesday, March 13. Photo by Drew Chowbay
The Red Devils took their first win of the season in 3A Region 15 play on Tuesday, March 13 at home against regional rival Emery, 1-nil.

This win was big for Grand County as they looked to offset a loss in the first game of the season to Waterford. The Spartans have logged more playing time this season than Grand County, but were unable to capitalize against veteran goalkeeper Jacob Shumway.

“Shumway had his first clean sheet, with several noteworthy saves to keep Emery scoreless for the full 80 minutes,” said head coach Chris Beitner. “The boys played very well against a strong Emery side. I was very pleased with their efforts against Emery, who had already played five games coming into the match against us. This was only our second game for the season, and our first region game.”

The first half of the game was scoreless, but the Red Devils managed to keep the pressure on and make the Spartans work harder on their heels as they continued to attack the goal. Grand scored the only goal of the game in the second half, putting the final nail in the coffin with what Beitner called, “A very composed finish by junior Jose Tavares … that came from a beautiful assist by freshman Miguel Dominguez.”

This victory over Emery shifts momentum back in the boys’ favor as they continue to navigate uncharted waters in their first season as 3A contenders. Beitner said he remains optimistic about the team’s prospects moving forward, although he admits it will be an uphill battle at times.

“Our next match against Manti will prove to be yet another challenge that we will face as we continue in the 3A division,” he said. “I feel confident that if the boys continue to play with the effort and determination that they show both in our games and in training, they will be a challenging team to compete with in our division this year.”

Results for Tuesday, March 20 match against Manti were not available by press time. The Red Devils will travel to North Sanpete on Thursday, March 22.

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