Carbon ends regular season with a pair of close losses
Just when it looked like the Carbon Lady Dino soccer team would get a home field playoff slot, they suddenly found themselves on the road headed into play Logan instead. On Wednesday, Delta edged them out in overtime 2-1. Then in their final home game on Friday, Salem Hills did the same with a 1-0 win.
North Sanpete finished their season with seven points and Carbon ended up with six for the bottom spot. It was a heart breaking finish to an excellent region season that had so much promise and for a team that was really beginning to gel.
Against Delta, Carbon came out sluggish and the Rabbits scored on them right off the bat. The Dinos woke up their defense and really buckled down. Before the half was over Hannah Downard sent in a goal off a corner kick to tie it up. It became a defensive struggle.
It remained knotted until the overtime period. Then on a penalty kick after some contact in the box, Delta knocked in the winning goal and it was over.
Friday was critical for Carbon to determine playoff standings. Since Emery does not field a soccer team, every one from region eight made the first round. It just was who would they have to face.
The team came out with intensity and controlled play for most of the first half. It was a stalemate at the break. For Coach Upwall it was the best he has seen his team play at home all year.
What lost it for the team wasn't the Sky Hawks offensive powers, it was just a slow roller that took a funny roll off the goalie Lydia Jeppson's arm and crossed the line for the only score of the game. All the other great stops she had made in the game went to the wayside. The Dino offense had many shots on goal themselves but just could not punch one across.
With that, Carbon went from second to last place in the region standings. So off to Logan this Wednesday, Oct. 15 for the first round. Coach Upwall still feels like his team has a chance for an upset. Logan is not from one of the strongest soccer regions and if his girls continue to play some of their best soccer of the season, then anything can happen. Game time will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.