The Grantsville Cowboys pushed the Ben Lomond Scots to the limit Tuesday afternoon, but they fell short in overtime.
The Scots got the Cowboys’ defenders out of position in the opening moments of the second overtime period and put away the winning goal for a 5-4 final score.
GHS coach Travis Lowry said he has mixed emotions after losing a close win to perennial soccer power Ben Lomond.
“I’m proud that we’ve come a long way,” he said. “We scored four goals, but then we let them come away with a win. Our offense seems to be going — we’ve scored a goal in every game — but we need to figure out a way to finish games off. If we’re able to score like that, we’ve got to pick up our defense.”
Lowry said scoring goals are great, but it makes no difference if they let their opponents immediately answer with goals of their own. He said the players need to remember to keep working hard after they score.
Grantsville opened the game with a 2-0 lead in the first half, but the first of its letdowns that allowed Ben Lomond to get back into it started at that point. The first goal of the game was off the foot of Wesley Allen. Andy Harrell zipped the ball through two Ben Lomond defenders right in stride to Allen coming in on the back side. Allen connected with the ball using his right foot and sniped it into the net past the Ben Lomond goalkeeper.
The Cowboys kept it going after opening with that 1-0 lead. Benton Tripp broke through the Ben Lomond defense and launched a kick with his right foot. The ball sailed to the goal and past the diving keeper to make the score 2-0.
However, in a matter of seconds after the Cowboys scored their second goal, the Scots got on the board with a goal of their own. The Scots then pounded in the equalizer moments before halftime. Grantsville goalkeeper Parker May was forced to commit to his left, and the ball went over to the other side where a Ben Lomond forward waited to kick it in for the tying goal.
The two teams then scored two more goals each in the second half to set up overtime — and the eventual Ben Lomond win.
Lowry said in the second half the Cowboys added a holding midfielder to the back line between the midfielders and defenders to try and shore up the defensive woes they’ve suffered. He said he’ll give the strategy even more of a look in the team’s non-region home game against Richfield on Friday.
“It gives us a little less offense, but if we can score, we need to play better on defense,” he said. “Teams are finding gaps between the defense and midfield, especially on our home field since our field is a little bit bigger.”
Lowry said he also wants to give a chance to some JV players Friday to see what they can do. He said they’ve played really well at the JV level and have earned a chance to show their mettle in a varsity game.