Jarron Strah loved the feeling so much, he wants to do it again.
“I love this team. We should win it all again next year,” said the Grantsville goalkeeper after his team won the 2014 Division 2 Unified Soccer State Championship.
Grantsville defeated Brighton 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Hillcrest High School to claim the crown.
The Cowboys rolled past Mountain Crest 4-1 in the semifinals in their first match on Saturday to advance to the championship battle against the Bengals.
Talisha Tuckett rifled in a goal early in the championship match to give Grantsville a 1-0 lead, but the Bengals countered with a goal midway through the opening period to tie the match at 1-1.
Grantsville jumped back out in front early in the second half with a goal from Mandy Wilson. Soon after Wilson’s goal, Cowboys gained some breathing room with a goal from Devin Adams to make it 3-1. Brighton narrowed the gap to 3-2 two minutes later.
For the next four minutes, the Cowboys were able to thwart the Bengals and hold on to win the championship. They needed outstanding goal keeping from Jarron Strah and Colton Adams. Evan Drake and Korbin Strah also were strong on defense which helped prevent the Bengals from scoring a tying goal in the final minutes.
Coach Pat Ciervo praised his players for their efforts. “This is the first state championship we’ve had at Grantsville in a long time. You all played awesome this year. Today is a day you will remember for the rest of your lives,” Ciervo told the team,” he said.
Drake and Korbin Strah played strong defense in the opener against Mountain Crest. Wilson scored the first goal just before intermission. Tuckett knocked in a goal followed by a dinger from Devin Adams to give Grantsville a commanding 3-0 lead early in the first half.
Brighton finally got on the scoreboard with a goal with 5 minutes left in the match, but Daisha Bolinder knocked in a goal in the final minute to make it 4-1 for the Cowboys.
Grantsville finished the season with a 5-2-1 record overall. Players on the roster included Tuckett, Wilson, Sidney Williams, Brenden Krogh, Bolinder, Korbin Strah, Daniel Gosling, Jonathan Webb, Jarron Strah, Devin Adams, Colton Adams, Terin Wood, Evan Drake and Christians O’ Rarden.
In 2013, the Utah High School Activities Association and Special Olympics Utah created a partnership, Special Olympics Utah Unified Interscholastic Sports, to bring Unified Sports to Utah’s schools this spring.
Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and general operating support, Special Olympics Utah has underwritten schools expenses for participation in this first interscholastic Unified Sports program in Utah. Thirteen Utah schools participated in Unified Soccer this season.