Judging by Wednesday’s 3-2 home loss to Providence Hall in the season opener, Grantsville is going to have a tough time replacing last season’s nine senior starters.
“We knew we were going to have trouble this first little bit, but I didn’t know we were going to [have this much],” Grantsville head coach Travis Lowry said.
The Cowboys were outshot 11-5 in the first half alone, and were only able to convert on one shot on goal during the first 40 minutes.
Senior forward Derek Holt took a shot on a ball shot played through the midfield for a breakaway and scored the first Grantsville goal of the season dring the 37th minute to make it 2-1 Patriots.
The goal might have tied the game, but a 35th-minute penalty was sent high by sophomore forward Ryan Tripp.
The Cowboys had a good effort in the 16th minute but couldn’t capitalize. Providence Hall countered and scored its first goal of the season only seconds later, beating Grantsville freshman goalkeeper Scott May in the 17th minute.
“The first half, you kind of expect it the first game of the season, but I didn’t expect the back to be as pourous as it was,” Lowry said. “We had two big mistakes that led to two goals. Their first goal was pretty, so that was awesome for them, but the other two were defensive miscues.”
Lowry said he’ll rely heavily on Holt up front with his speed and shiftiness in the goal box. Lowry also mentioned May in goal and junior midfielder Brock May as others he expects to do well.
“I thought the second half was pretty nice,” he said. “We started just moving the ball, were linking up a lot.”