It has been a long season for the Grantsville High School girls soccer team, and players have mixed emotions about the experience.
The Cowboys have won three matches this season — two against Legacy Prep and one against Carbon. Grantsville is 3-9 on the season — last year they didn’t win any games. “Being on this team is one of the most depressing, exciting, rewarding experiences ever,” said team captain Sidney Tippets.
Grantsville went up against Ben Lomond on Tuesday at GHS and by the end of the first half the Scots were ahead 5-0. Grantsville’s Talisha Tuckett was pushed down hard to the ground and injured in the first half and had to leave the game. But she will be able to play in today’s game at Bear River.
Keepers Desi Haas and Mikayla Silcox blocked several shots from Ben Lomond during the match while defenders Renee Castagno and Hailey Mander kept them at bay for the most part. But the powerful, talented Scots were difficult to defend.
“We’ve seen a lot of improvement in all of the girls. Especially in Chelsea Simpson and Hailey Mander,” said first-year girls coach Travis Lowry. “We moved Chelsea from defense to offense. Both girls have really stepped it up a lot. All the girls are working more as a team.
They are starting to get a lot more confident in themselves. It’s our first year with them. It’s a fresh start and it’s looking really good.”
Senior Ashley Simpson said she likes to focus on the positives of playing soccer at GHS.
“We have a lot of fun as a team. There are great friends that we make being on this team together. Whenever we lose I tell myself we can do it and that we’ll get them next time,” Simpson said.
Riley Godfrey has been out most of the season with a knee injury, but still shows a lot of support for her team.
“This team is just awesome,” she said.