The Carbon soccer team opened region play against North Sanpete last week with a 3-1 loss.
Then they headed down to play Grand County High on Saturday and took the previously undefeated 2A team to a 3-3 tie.
The region match-up with North Sanpete was a physical game. Carbon took the lead within the first five minutes of play on a corner kick from Jose Munoz that bounced off the Hawks goalie and then Carbon's Cal Samuelson poked it in.
The Dinos continued to dominate the half, but neither team could score. Tides and fortunes changed in the second half as the Hawks took control of the midfield and put tremendous pressure on the Dino defense. They sent three through the goals for the wins.
Coach Patrick Clifford was a bit frustrated by the loss.
"They (North Sanpete) were more aggressive in the second half and in sports, the more aggressive team usually wins. They deserved the win. We hurt ourselves at times and didn't match their aggressive play in the second half."
But Grand would prove to be an equally big challenge. The Red Devils had been crushing their opponents with scores like 12-0 and 8-0 in their undefeated sweep through their preseason.
Grand scored first, but then the Dino's Florian Robbe, floated one over the goalie's head to tie it up. Grand regained the lead just before the end of the half.
In the second half the Dinos controlled the midfield and kept the Red Devils on their heels. Jose Munoz capitalized with a penalty kick after Grand fouled them in the box and tied it up.
With a much longer penalty kick to make Munoz floated one over a wall of defenders and into the goal from about 40 yards out. The Dinos had the lead. A missed penalty kick later in the game cost Carbon the chance to ice things up and the red Devils tied up the game which held up to the end of regulation play.
Clifford was forced to give several younger players a chance to step up due to injuries and other issues. He was really pleased with their play. Clifford was happy with the play of the whole team, but especially the defense that held the high scoring Red Devils in check.
Clifford was also excited that his JV squad actually beat Grand 3-1 and showed tremendous improvement in their play.
A tough week lies ahead for the Dino soccer squad as they take on the perennial powerhouse Juan Diego on the road Wednesday.
They then have to face region leader Delta at home on Friday at 3:30 p.m. on the field behind Carbon High.