Carbon and North Sanpete went head to head on Thursday afternoon to open their seasons. Paul Ramirez wins the header early in the contest that ended in a 3-3 stalemate.
Last season was a tough one for the Dino soccer squad. This year things are looking better already even without a win. Carbon opened their season with a preseason match-up with the North Sanpete Hawks and fought to a 3-3 tie.
Neither team had much outside practice before taking the field on Thursday afternoon. Carbon has a sum total of three real practice days. It seemed even nip and tuck on whether the team would even get the game in as snow rolled in early in the morning and blanketed the field. By afternoon it had melted off, but just as the two teams faced off, the snow returned and a lot of the first half of play was fought during a blinding snow squall.
Carbon had control the entire first half of play and as the storm abated they were able to get the first goal as Carlos Estudillo sent one to the net. It bounced in off the Hawk's goalie's foot and counts as a "own goal" so Estudillo does not get credit. A few minutes later Milton Sawamura sent in the second score for the Dinos and they were up 2-0.
It remained that way until the second half of play when North Sanpete used speed and the favorable slope of the field to quickly tie it up. They put in a third to take the lead.
Late in the game Tanner Gagnon was given a penalty shot and he sent a hard shot toward the Hawk goalie who was unable to handle it. Jorge Mendiola was there to follow up and send it flying in for the tie.
At the end of regulation, both teams agreed to end it because North Sanpete only had 15 players and still had a JV game to play. The carbon JV dominated the game and won 3-0.
Coach Keith Palmer was happy with the tie and the performance of his players especially with so few practices to even gel as a team. "We see what we have to fix. It is difficult to see those things in practice. We had a few lapses in defense and that was how North Sanpete scored," he said.
He went on to add, "Our offense was good. They didn't give up when we got down and fought hard to get us tied. None of our goals were cheap goals. It was good offense that got us in position for each of them. These preseason game are practice games so we will fix a little and play and then fix a little more. After losing all last season a tie was a great moral booster for us."
The Dinos will have played Manti on Monday and will face South Summit on Wednesday at 3 p.m. on the field behind Carbon High.