|Felicia Olmos battles hard with a Juan Diego player for possession. In spite of losing the game, Carbon's girls scored the first two goals in the region against first-ranked Juan Diego team.|
For a short time, Tuesday's Carbon High girls' soccer game was in jeopardy of not even being played. Problems with getting the game on the officials' schedule led to Carbon having no officials available for the game.
With a little ingenuity and the willingness of visiting Juan Diego, they rounded up some willing volunteers and the game got underway.
Juan Diego is sitting in first place in region 8 and ranked fifth in overall 3A standings. Their power showed as they scored seven goals to out pace the Dinos 7-2.
Coach Tanya Henrie had worried a bit that her team might come out flat, but that was not the case.
She felt like they played their hearts out the entire game. Goalie Rebecca Rummel had her work cut out for her as Juan Diego blasted ball after ball towards her. She had 30 saves on goal, but seven still slipped through.
The squad has worked hard to improve their shooting and it paid off. Felicia Olmos scored in each period for Carbon. Her first goal came on a shot just above the goalie's head into the far right corner just before the half ended. Against a team as good as Juan Diego, it was a huge offensive breakthrough. It was the first goal scored against Juan Diego in region play this year and it fired up the team.
The Dinos played an intense second half of play. They only allowed two goals while Olmos was able to blast a second goal past Juan Diego's defense.
Henrie feels like her team is really starting to come together. The squad is revved up to take on the rest of the region.
The Dinos stay at home to face North Sanpete on Thursday.