The Red Devils girls soccer team lost a heated game 0-2 to the San Juan Broncos on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Moab. Despite the loss, the Grand County girls soccer team is growing up fast.
Grand frustrated and kept San Juan contained behind the midfield point for most of the first half. The Broncos returned the favor in the second half. The Broncos had more shots on goal, but goalie Ashley Colunga was on the ball and had more than one impressive save.
At the about the 8:30 mark in the first half, the Broncos took a shot at what looked like an empty net. Colunga hustled back into position and kicked the ball to the sidelines.
Emree Olsen is in the process of improving the quality of her shots on goal and that takes time, patience and persistence. Olsen is skilled at darting through traffic and advancing the ball from midfield by herself.
Neelie Relph is skilled at stealing the ball and is not shy about driving to the net if given the opportunity. Relph had a hat trick a few weeks ago. Gracie Martinez, who typically plays goalie, proved she has fancy footwork that reinforces her intense, offensive instincts.
Coach Austin Marques frequently shouts out instructions and encourages his players from the sideline. Marques talked about a wall concept in the game against the Broncos. Martinez, Corah Moody, Jessica Hernandez, Tava Walling and KayCee Russell are key components of the flexible wall. Marques encourages his players to sync with each other and move the ball up the field in piecemeal fashion.
Grand County and San Juan each had a penalty kick on goal. Neither team scored. The game went to overtime tied at 0-0. The Broncos scored very late in the first overtime period to take the 1-0 lead. The Broncos scored again about four minutes into the second overtime period to seal the victory.
The Red Devils varsity soccer team was scheduled to take on the Ladycats in Richfield on Tuesday, Sept. 24, after The Times-Independent B section went to press.