By Nathaniel Smith • The Times-Independent
The Grand County High School girls soccer team played a pair of tough games last week, losing on the road to Richfield on Sept. 18 and then tying Emery at home on Sept. 20. The Tuesday away game ended with the Red Devils falling by a score of 1-3. Neelie Relph scored Grand’s lone goal.
The home matchup against Emery got off to a rough start for the Red Devils as the Spartans scored a goal on a chip shot in the first 30 seconds of the game. Grand bounced back a few minutes later when senior Josie Camps crossed the ball from the wing to the center, setting up sophomore Corah Moody for a goal to even the score.
About 20 minutes into the first half, Moody gave Grand the lead when she drilled a shot into the corner from just outside the 18-yard box. Less than three minutes later, Emery slipped the ball into the box and scored from close range. From that point on it became a defensive bout with neither team able to gain an advantage. The first half ended with the score level at 2.
Both defenses held fast, allowing few shots on goal for either team. The midfield battle was intense as neither squad was able to maintain possession for long. When another 40 minutes expired, the score was still tied.
The game then entered a 10-minute overtime period, which came and went without a score. Goalkeepers for both teams stepped up, making many game-saving stops on good shots. After another 10 minutes, neither team could put the ball in the net, so the game ended with a tie.
Grand is now 3-4-1 on the season. Though they couldn’t quite pull out the win over Emery, a tie does show improvement since the Red Devils lost to the Spartans 1-5 earlier in the season. Grand hosted North Sanpete on Tuesday, Sept. 25, after press time. The Red Devils were looking for a big win after beating the Hawks 6-1 a few weeks ago. Following that game, the Red Devils will play Manti at home on Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. See details in next week’s Times-Independent.