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Carbon soccer play-off chances a real long-shot

Dinos goalie Adam Bedont goes high to grab a shot on goal during the game against ALA on Wednesday.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

With the loss this week to ALA, a trip to the state tournament has pretty much turned into a long shot now.

On Wednesday the Dino soccer team lost 4-1 to ALA in a region match-up. Then on Friday afternoon they played Ben Lomond in a non region game and lost 6-2. With only region games left against Wasatch and Park City it is highly unlikely that they will get a shot at a play-in game this season.

On Wednesday ALA and Carbon squared off on the Dino field. ALA scored first with a pair of goals withing a few minutes of each other. The Dinos actually had more shots on goal in the half, but still had trouble hitting the net.

In the second period Carbon's K.J. Ericson did manage to get one in with a shot from 30 yards out that sailed in the top corner of the net. The game stayed 2-1 until the final 10 minutes when the Eagles punched in two more to finalize the win.

Friday's game was one scheduled earlier but was snowed out. Ben Lomond put in the first goal, but the Dinos quickly added one to tie it on a throw in from Paul Ramirez that sailed over the opponents to Tanner Gagnon. Gagnon headed the shot into the net.

Ben Lomond added one more at the end of the half and then another as the second period began. Gagnon found himself with the ball right after that and dribbled it up field past everyone and poked it in to make it 3-2.

Midway through the second half, Carbon ran out of gas and Ben Lomond turned it up and sent three more in to ice up the game. Carbon found their rhythm again and shut down the scoring barrage before any more damage was done.

"I wasn't disappointed in the play this week. We played really close against ALA even though the final score looks bad; we really stayed close most of the way." stated Coach Patrick Clifford.

"Ben Lomond is a well coached, very good team and we stayed with them most of the way except for that ten minute stretch. We have battled hard all year and even though I wish we would have had a few wins, we played hard. We do not have a very deep bench and that hurts us late in the games."

Carbon will wrap up their season with road games against Wasatch on Wednesday and Park City on Friday. They would have to win them both to get into the playoffs. It is not likely since those two teams are the region leaders.

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