Carbon soccer continues improvement during preseason
While wins would be nice, gelling as a team is more important before region play begins. So despite two more losses, coming together is what Carbon High boy's soccer coach Patrick Clifford is feeling like his team is doing.
The team headed south for two games this past weekend. They ended up with a 3-0 loss to Desert Hills on Friday. Then battled hard and fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Cedar City on Saturday.
The Desert Hills game was a defensive barrage for the Dinos. Desert Hills played a good physical game Friday afternoon. For 25 minutes things were at a stalemate. But then the Thors poked one through and things were never the same. They scored again before the half and made their final goal in the second half to ice the win.
For the Dinos it was a good defensive effort despite the loss. Clifford had a lot of praise for his young goalie Adam Bedont.
"With as hardcharging as the Desert Hills offense was; only three to slippe by him," said the coach. "Itwas a good outing."
Clifford was pretty happy with the rest of the defense as well. He pointed out the play of the core of his defense that includes AJ Erickson, Brandon Gagnon and Austin Ith. Freshman Tanner Gagnon got a chance to play varsity after an injury left the team needing to fill in a hole. Clifford was impressed with the performance by the young player. In the offense, Marcus Rowley, a midfielder put out a good effort as well. The team felt the absence of Jose Munoz who had to sit out the game due to a red card in the Dinos previous game.
On Saturday the intensity of the Friday game took its toll on the Dinos and they played flat until ten minutes in. It was then that Cedar scored their first goal. That woke up Carbon and they tied it up on a shot from Florian Robbe.
The Dinos went ahead early in the second half on a scoring drive by Fernando Mendoza. Cedar tied it up and it stayed that way until less than a minute was left in the game. With the clock ticking out, Cedar took a shot on goal. Bedont got a hand on it and blocked it. With Bedont and the ball on the ground, Cedar poked in a put back and won the game.
Clifford was a bit disappointed that they didn't come away with a win,
"Its sad when we play well and still don't win, but we are improving with each game," he stated. "Our passing is better and they are beginning to work together as a team. Cedar is a good team and is well coached and I enjoyed playing with them but I would have liked to beat them."
He felt like his two scorer for the game, Robbe and Mendoza, each had fantastic games.
The team has a home game against Uintah today (Tuesday) with varsity kicking off at 3:30 on the Carbon High field that is locacted behind the school.