The Grantsville boys soccer team is off to a hot start.
Following the Cowboys’ win last week against Carbon, they dominated the Juab Wasps on Tuesday 8-0 in a game shortened by the mercy rule. Once the Cowboys broke through some early missed shots to find the net, it seemed they couldn’t miss.
“Guys are dedicated this year,” said GHS coach Travis Lowry. “They put in the time in the offseason. We’re a full unit.”
The Cowboys had five shots early in the game that missed in various locations around the goal, but once sophomore Andy Harrell came through with the first goal of the game, it was a shootout for the Cowboys. Sophomore Matt Whitting was awarded an assist on Harrell goal when his shot was deflected away, and Harrell scored on the putback.
Wesley Allen shot toward the net, but it was deflected off the Juab goalkeeper. The Wasps tried to clear Allen’s shot on the deflection, but the ball was kicked into the goalkeeper and then into the net, giving Grantsville a 2-0 lead.
Jesse Lynn, who had missed two scoring opportunities in the early goings of the game, scored the third goal on a rebound to make it 3-0. Lynn then set up the fourth goal with a long cross over to junior Gavin Holt, who headed the ball in for the 4-0 lead.
Lynn picked up another assist when he passed up to sophomore Benton Tripp, who kicked the ball top shelf in the left corner, giving the Cowboys a 5-0 lead.
Lynn’s third assist of the first half came on a corner kick. He kicked the ball high where only freshman Jared Roberts could reach it. Roberts headed the ball into the net, giving the Cowboys a 6-0 lead at halftime.
With just two goals needed to win the game on the mercy rule, Grantsville got to work. Holt broke through a group of Juab defenders and took the ball in for a score on the left side to make it 7-0.
Grantsville’s final goal came from team captain Ephrim Tripp, who knocked in the goal from about 20 yards out.
Lowry said Tripp and Lynn, two of the teams three team captains, have been with the program since they were freshmen, and they’re ready to make noise and win games. Lowry said they don’t expect to win games in blowout fashion every time out, but the team is happy with the start to the season.
The boys soccer team next plays Thursday on the road at Millard. It then has 12 days off before the start of region play, where it will host Tooele on March 18.