It was a week of ups and downs for the Red Devils soccer squad as the boys beat Manti at home on Tuesday, 1-0, then fell to North Sanpete, 2-1 on the road on Thursday.
Senior Deklynd Chant scored the lone goal in the match against the Templars, securing the victory for Grand. The Devils were not able to keep up the momentum on the road, however, and fell short of victory in their second matchup. The North Sanpete Hawks kept the pressure on the Red Devils throughout a very intense game and managed to edge them out 2-1.
“The boys gave 110 percent on Thursday, unfortunately coming up short in the end,” said head coach Chris Beitner. “North Sanpete had some very talented players. We certainly did not lack scoring opportunities.” Beitner noted that Grand County had many chances to attack the goal, yet were unable to surpass the Hawks’ steady defensive stamina.
“Up until the final whistle, we had several chances to tie it up. With just minutes left on the clock, freshman Richard Shumway placed a shot to the lower right corner, where the opposing goalkeeper made a phenomenal outstretched save,” Beitner said.
Beitner said the Red Devils will not be letting this loss slow them down, and will be eager to get back on the field next week against San Juan at home.
“The boys are training hard this week during spring break, and I think we’ll see that momentum carry over into next week’s matches,” Beitner said.
Grand County will host San Juan on April 3 at 4 p.m.