Union cuts Carbon in defensive duel
The Carbon Lady Dino soccer team does not often lose a game and come out feeling good about it. But such was the case on Tuesday afternoon on the Dino home field. Sure they would have really liked a win, but the 2-1 loss still left them with somethings to smile about.
Earlier in the season, the team opened region play in Roosevelt against the Cougars. Union is a very physical team and only having a single referee made it a difficult call. The Carbon girls were not ready for the close contact and struggled to a 5-0 loss.
On Tuesday Coach Jerad Upwall reminded his team not to be intimidated, but to go play their hearts out; that is what they did.
Union found their range first and took an early score as they seemed to dominate play. But the Dinos began to pass the ball better and soon were spending their share in the time in Cougar territory. After a few shots on goal that didn't penetrate, Felicia Olmos found a hole and the Dinos exploited it.
Late in the half, Olmos was taking the ball up field and injured as she and a Union player became entangled, leaving her with a knee injury. She went to the hospital later and no report on the seriousness of the injury was available. Olmos has been the Dinos leading scorer.
However, Carbon stepped things up and had Roosevelt on the ropes a few times. The Dino shots on goal just couldn't quite make it past the Cougar goalie. With a minute left in the half Union managed to squeak a ball across for their final score and were up 2-1. In the second half it was a defensive stalemate as neither team found the net and the final was 2-1, Union.
"It was our team's best played game yet," said Upwall after the game. "They were awesome. They are not disappointed in themselves. I told them to just give it their all in their game and that's what they did. Goalie Lydia Jeppson had one of her best efforts to date. but it was the team as a whole that played together and even though we didn't get the win, they can be proud of what they showed on the field.