Tavares gets hat trick as soccer team wins twice

Defenseman Jonas Singer executes a throw-in during a recent match.
Photo by Anthony Militano

The Grand County boys soccer team shut out the North Sanpete Hawks 5-0 at home on Monday, April 8.

The Red Devils scored three in the first half and two in the second. Cameron Hoppensteadt in goal picked up the shutout. Kane Scherer and Nolan Ramirez put two goals in apiece for Grand. Richard Shumway had one goal.

The Red Devils had another “Grand” performance the next day when they beat the South Sevier Rams 8-0, at home. Moab had four in the first and four in the second.

Oliver Perez was the goalie of record and earned the shutout.

Jaxen Saunders, Miguel Dominguez and Pat Pakkarato each found the back of the net. Juan Gonzalez had two and Jose Tavares netted a hat trick for Grand County.

Spring break is here. With just a handful of games left in the regular season, the Red Devils are at the top of the heap in the 15A region. Earlier in the season, coach Chris Bietner knew the team was loaded with talent. “I have this really deep talented team this year,” he said, and he does. Scherer, Tavares, Ramirez, Dominguez and Gonzalez are among the top players in the state.

There’s no doubt goals win games, but communication in combination with fast action makes the Red Devils a tougher opponent than most.

In the game against South Sevier, the Rams did not have one significant shot on goal for nearly the entire game. Grand kept South Sevier pinned down in their own end. The boys applied hustle and did not hesitate and that has been the effective game plan this year.

Freshman Arthur Hawks has been hustling all season long. Hawks takes shots on goal when he can, but he is particularly good at playing the sidelines and the corner deep in the opponent’s zone.

The team is next scheduled to face the Emery Spartans in Castle Dale on Tuesday, April 23. The Red Devils will be home for a game against the Manti Templars on Senior Recognition Day, Friday, April 25.