The Stansburys girls soccer team will try to win its first game on Friday when it travels to North Sanpete.
The first two matches of the season did not go the way the Stallions wanted with a 7-0 loss to 4A Bonneville at home Tuesday followed by a 5-3 loss at 3A Morgan on Wednesday.
“The Bonneville game was a chance for us to play a top-tier team,” said coach Jeremy Alverson. “Watching film on the game I was pleased with several things our team did well. Our offensive attack was improved from last year and our entire team had some good looks at attacking the goal.”
Stansbury led 3-1 at halftime at Morgan, but let it slip away in the second half.
“Our players fought hard against Morgan. They are continuing to learn our system and have improved in the short time we have been together as a team,” Alverson said.
Junior forward/midfielder Michaela Didericksen scored two goals against Morgan with assists by Paige Boyce and Rachel Prescott. Prescott scored a goal with an assist from Didericksen.
“We are fortunate to have one of the best players in the state on our team in Didericksen. She can score from anywhere on the field and distributes the ball to teammates as well as anyone I have coached,” Alverson said.
“Rachel Prescott is a player our team can count on to put points on the board as well. She never gives up on a play and has the speed and skills to be one of the top scorers in our region,” the coach said.
Prescott is one of three captains on the team along with fellow seniors Erika Lakin and Lexi Golden.
“Erika Lakin is a top defender for us and we count on her leadership and experience on our back line,” Alverson said. “Lexi Golden is another player with plenty of varsity experience we will count on this year.”
The coach said Amber Spaulding is a junior who will anchor the defensive line. “Amber plays aggressive and imposes her will on the field,” the coach said.
Alverson said he is excited for the younger players to gain varsity experience and improve.
“We should be right there in the mix for an opportunity to host a playoff game this year,” he said.
“We plan to be on the attack often and be more offensively minded this year,” Alverson said. “With a solid back line and Natalie Memmott at keeper, opponents will have a difficult time finding scoring opportunities.”
Alverson has been the head girls soccer coach at SHS for four years. He worked as an assistant coach the year the school opened.
Assistant coaches this year are Fred Conard and Derrick Jones. Alverson said both of them have extensive soccer knowledge and he feels fortunate to have them.
Stansbury’s next home game is Tuesday, Aug. 19 at against Union.