Before some soccer fans had even settled into their seats, Cedar was up 1-0 on Stansbury in the first round of the state playoffs Thursday at Stallion Stadium
Cedar’s Michael Briano split defenders and rifled in a shot to give his team the lead under five minutes into the game.
It was the only goal of the game, in the Redmen’s 1-0 win over SHS.
Cedar went on to defeat Park City 2-1 on Saturday to advance to the semifinals Friday at Alta High School against fellow Region 9 foe Pine View.
“To be honest it was probably the worst first half we played all season,” said Stansbury coach Brandon Andersen.
The Stallions were much better in the second half, and had numerous opportunities to level the score, but Cedar keeper Kaeland Osborn turned away every Stallion shot. Stansbury took 70 percent of the shots on goal in the second half.
“If it wasn’t for the play of their keeper we would have tied the game. He was just tremendous the way he played the angle of the ball. We had some great shots at him, but he just turned everything away.”
Andersen lamented his team’s play in the first half.
“We give up that goal in the first five minutes and then after that all they had to do was play good defense. I don’t know why we didn’t play better in the first half.”
The coach said the loss takes nothing away from his team’s outstanding season, and its undefeated record in region play.
“We had a lot of youth on this year’s team, so we expect to come back strong again next year,” Andersen said.
Region 11 fourth seed Grantsville traveled to Pine View and lost to the Panthers 7-0 on Thursday.