The Red Devils soccer team beat the Carbon Dinos 3-1 in the first round of the Region15 playoffs, at home on Wednesday, May 1, but the South Summit Wildcats ended their season three days later in a double overtime thriller.
Carbon was a tough competitor. Grand had more than a few shots on goal, but the Red Devils could not find the back of the net until there was about 10 minutes left in the first half. Senior Nolan Ramirez had the hat trick for Grand County. He scored one in the first half and two in the second. Ramirez actually scored twice within two minutes and less than seven minutes to play in the game.
Senior Kane Scherer was injured in the second half after taking a ball to the face, but walked off the field under his own power. Freshman Arthur Hawks was also injured in the second half. According to Athletic Director Ron Dolphin, Hawks was “cleated on the ankle and had a knot,” where he was hit. The Red Devils advanced to the next round where they ran into South Summit.
The Red Devils lost to the Wildcats 3-2 in a double overtime sudden death quarterfinals match on Saturday, May 4. Ramirez put in two goals for Grand in the first half. The Red Devils had the lead for a good portion of the game, but the Wildcats scored with less than three minutes in the second half to push it to overtime.
Ramirez was Grand County’s top scorer this season and reached the back of the net 15 times. He had a goal in every game he played in. He scored twice in four games to go along with the playoff hat trick. The Red Devils had a successful season, finishing with an overall record of 13-2-1.
“I could not be any prouder of these guys,” coach Chris Beitner said after the game. “These guys played the best they could. We didn’t want the season to end this way and it’s sad, but man, we had a great year. The seniors had a great year.”