Uintah's strong second half ends upstart Dinos' season
Teams battle to scoreless first half, Uintah offense takes control in second half handing Carbon 5-1 loss in 3A First Round
It was arguably the biggest moment of their careers.
After two years of sitting at home during this time of the year, the Carbon High boys soccer team were hosting the biggest game of the since 2011 on Thursday afternoon in the 3A
Against a familiar foe in Uintah, the Dinos had an opportunity on their own home field to showcase how much they've improved over the past few years.
While the improvement of the young Carbon program will continue, their 2014 season came to an end as Uintah's offense came alive in the second half putting shots in the goal on their way to a 5-1 victory over Carbon in the 3A playoff game on Thursday afternoon.
"We had a let down in the second half," said Carbon High Head Coach Keith Palmer. "They (Uintah) got one controversial goal and I think we let it get to us a little too much."
Carbon and Uintah battled to a scoreless first half that saw Uintah control possession in Carbon's side of the field. Uintah nearly had their first goal of the game on a penalty kick midway through the first half but Carbon High goalkeeper Trace Johnson had other plans.
Johnson guessed correctly leaping to his right side and saving the shot attempt which got the large home crowd to clap in appreciation.
"He battles out there and I thought he had a great game," Palmer said of Johnson.
Johnson and the Carbon High defense played on their side of the field for much of the half which saw them work cohesively in preventing Uintah from jumping out to an early lead.
Carbon had a few opportunities on offense in the first half, including a free kick attempt from Jamin Jensen that went wide of the goal.
Uintah came out in the second half and wasted no time quickly getting a goal on a play set up after a throw in. They added their second goal on a corner kick that just snuck in under the post to push the lead to 2-0.
Carbon responded by attacking on offense and was awarded a penalty kick after a push in the back in the box. Taylor Bradley converted the penalty kick cutting the lead to 2-1.
As quickly as the door opened for a Carbon High comeback, Uintah slammed it shut. They added three more goals putting the game out of reach in finishing the 5-1 win.
Palmer said he was proud of the effort from a team that has continued to rebuild a program that was accustomed to not being in this position of hosting a playoff game in front of a big crowd.
"I told the team to ignore the final score and look to use this experience in continuing to build the program," said Palmer.
With windy weather and a playing field that is anything but level, Palmer said the conditions were tough for both teams.
Despite the finish, Palmer said the team shouldn't hang their heads. Carbon completed the season 6-10-0 overall and 5-3-0 in Region 12 play.
"This is one of our most successful seasons," he said. "We've got a really good group of kids that play together as a team. That's a big reason why we think it can only get better from here."