Trailing Ben Lomond by only a goal at the half, Stansbury was within striking distance and only needed 40 minutes of solid soccer to complete the comeback. Unfortunately, it was Ben Lomond clicking offensively in the second half that put the Stallions away.
The visiting Scots turned a slim 2-1 lead at the half into a 5-1 beating of Stansbury with three unanswered goals in the second half to exact a little revenge on Stansbury with the four-goal victory Tuesday afternoon in Stansbury Park. With the win in Stansbury, Ben Lomond was able to avenge a loss to the Stallions earlier in the year on their own field in Ogden.
Victor Gialindo did the most of the damage for Ben Lomond in scoring a goal in each half to help secure the victory. Johnny Calderon did the scoring for Stansbury when he knotted the game at 1-1 in the 18th minute, unfortunately, that would be the final time the ball reached the back of the net for Stansbury.
Both Ben Lomond and Stansbury traded jabs in the opening 15 minutes but Ben Lomond created the most chances. Sage Eastburn was able to get behind the defense for Ben Lomond but didn’t cash in during the first five minutes. Ethan Babcock created a couple of chances starting in the 11th minute for Stansbury. Babcock had a shot sail wide right in the 11th minute and then was turned away by the Ben Lomond keeper in the 15th minute.
Eastburn finally came through for Ben Lomond in the 16th minute when he was able to dribble his way around a handful of Stansbury defenders to pocket a goal for a 1-0 lead. Stansbury didn’t waste any time countering the opening goal as Calderon found the ball at his feet from about 25 yards out and ripped the ball into the back of the net in the 18th minute to level the game at 1-1.
Ben Lomond dominated the chances in the final 20 minutes in the first half as Gialindo caused problems for the Stallions in the midfield. In the 35th minute, Gialindo got ahead of the Stansbury defense and was able to lob the ball over the keeper and into the goal to give the Scots a 2-1 advantage. Stansbury had one final chance in the first half to knot the game before halftime when Braydon Bouwhuis got in good position after a free kick close to goal and headed the ball off the post and then was cleared out by Ben Lomond to keep their lead at 2-1 at the half.
Jara Eshete earned an early shot on goal for Stansbury that was saved in the 43rd minute as the Stallions tried building momentum in the second half. Unfortunately, it was Ben Lomond holding onto the momentum 15 minutes later. Gialindo added his second goal of the game when he was able to earn a breakaway chance that he bent into the netting to give Ben Lomond a 3-1 lead in the 58th minute.
The third goal for Ben Lomond just opened the flood gates offensively Oscar Nolasco added a goal in the 68th minute for a 4-1 lead and then Leon Araujo added a fifth goal in the 76th minute that put plenty of space between Ben Lomond and Stansbury with a four-goal lead.
Bouwhuis had another shot at a header in the 70th minute sail just wide and Calderon never stopped trying until the final whistle. Calderon had a couple scoring chances in the final three minutes but the Stansbury total stayed at one in the loss.
Stansbury, who is now 4-3 in Region 11, will look to get back on track when they travel to Garland to face Bear River on Friday at 3:30 p.m.