Perfect on the pitch so far for the Grantsville Cowboys. Grantsville broke open a 0-0 tie at halftime with three goals in the second period to defeat Carbon 3-0 in Grantsville Tuesday afternoon.
It is unrealistic to think that the Cowboys will go through the season unbeaten with 3A state powers Ogden and Ben Lomond on the schedule, but Grantsville can celebrate a victory over a team that handled them 5-0 last year.
The Cowboys could jump to 2- 0 with a win over Legacy Prep in Grantsville on Thursday at home. The Cowboys throttled Legacy Prep 6-2 last year.
Grantsville scored 6 minutes into the second half when Colton Barney connected with Nick Niederberger on a 30-yard crossing pass that Niederberger blasted into the net to break the ice.
Barney rifled in a goal himself 10 minutes later just outside the 18-yard box on a quick strike from the right side. The final GHS goal came on a scramble in the box from Benton Tripp from 12 yards out.
Parker May registered the shutout as Grantsville’s keeper. Grantsville out-shot the Dinos 9-1 in the opening half and should have scored when the players faced an open net but shanked the kick.
“We’ve worked with these boys for four years and they are more confident with their abilities as individuals and as a team,” said Grantsville coach Travis Lowry. “We have quite a few freshmen and sophomores who are committed to soccer and play for the entire year and not two months during the season.”
The coach is impressed with midfielder captain Ephrim Tripp who keeps the players on task during matches. Barney and Joe Lopez also are strong leaders and captains for the Cowboys.
Grantsville plays its first region match March 12 at Ogden. The Tigers reached the 3A semifinals last year.