The Carbon High soccer team has already put two games under their belts in this young preseason.
On March 4th Carbon hosted South Summit and then traveled to play Ben Lomond in Ogden on the following Friday. Both match-ups resulted in close 2-1 losses.
In the Wednesday contest Carbon coach Patrick Clifford felt the first half play was pretty even between the squads. They both put together some good offensive runs and each team played some good defense. South Summit sent a penalty kick through the posts, Carbon had the same chance and missed leaving the score at the half, South Summit 1, Carbon 0.
In the second period Carbon had a penalty shot and Fernando Mendoza sent the ball across to Cal Samuelson for a Carbon goal. With about 10 minutes left in the game South Summit floated a chip shot over the head of Carbon goalie Adam Bedont for the winning point.
Coach Clifford was happy with his team's performance overall. He has scheduled his preseason games to meet up with some tough opponents. Even though South Summit is a 2A team, they are a tough contender this year.
"We will only learn to play better if we face good competition and South Summit fit the bill," he stated.
On Friday after a long bus ride to Ogden, the team also learned they would be playing on the junior high field as the Scotties high school field was still snowed under and muddy. While there were plenty of challenges in this game dodging sprinkler head divots gave the teams another task to manage. In the first half on play, Ben Lomond dominated the play and out shot Carbon 15-4. Still by half the score was only 1-0 in favor of Ben Lomond. Within 10minutes in the second half, Ben Lomond sent in their second goal of the game.
The Dinos came out of the break with intensity and for 20 minutes, outplayed their opponent. Jose Munoz scored on a penalty kick and Carbon trailed by one. But the final ten minutes were again Ben Lomond's game and the Dinos fell short of a comeback.
"I don't know if it was my coaching or we are not in shape, but those final minutes of the game hurt us," commented Clifford. "We are going to work on conditioning in our next practice. There are a few other things we have identified that we need to work on as coaches, but overall, we are doing well this early in the season."