The Grantsville girls soccer team dropped out of the Class 3A state playoffs Wednesday with a 3-1 loss to Emery in the second round in a home match.
The Cowboys pressured the Emery defense early in the match and outshot the visitors in the first half with seven shots compared to four for Spartans. But the visitors made the most of their opportunities, scoring two goals within a 3-minute span midway through the opening half to lead 2-0 at intermission.
Whitney Wangsgard, Autumn Barton and McKenzie Allen managed to fire close-in shots at the Emery keeper, but either misfired or the shots were saved. Emery’s defenders also stepped up to make moving the ball difficult for the Cowboys.
Early in the second half, Allen ripped a shot that ricocheted off the top crossbar and then she almost scored on another shot, but the Emery keeper made a great save.
Emery put the game away with a goal midway through the second half to increase the lead to 3-0.
The Cowboys avoided a shutout when Wangsgard connected on a perfectly placed long kick to score late in the contest.
“We had a good week of practice, so I was a little shocked at how lethargic we were today. We just couldn’t get it going. They (players) didn’t seem nervous at the beginning of the game, but they might have been a bit nervous today,” said coach Travis Lowry.
Grantsville entered the tournament as the seventh seed and Emery came into the match as the 10th seed.
The Cowboys enjoyed one of their top seasons in the past several years with an 11-6 record overall.
“We have a good core group of players coming back next year with only four seniors on this year’s team,” the coach said.