The Stansbury girls soccer team routed Ben Lomond 6-0 in a Region 10 game Tuesday afternoon at Stansbury High School, but the offense wasn’t the star of the show.
Rather, the Stallions’ defense once again stood tall in the win over the Scots, coach Spencer Call said. Stansbury (4-2-1, 2-1-0 Region 10) recorded its fourth shutout of the season, and has conceded just eight goals in seven matches overall. Ben Lomond (3-4-0, 0-3-0) came in having scored 12 goals over its past five matches.
“I really like our defense,” Call said. “The defenders never get enough credit. Rylie (Klenk), Bethany (Johansen), Lucy (Jones), Sone (Osborn), Taryn (Mori) and Sebrina (Brown) — those six are making it really tough for offenses, and (goalkeeper) Ainsley (Thurber) back there — it’s a real good defense. They don’t get a lot of credit because they don’t score the goals, but they’re playing really good.”
That’s not to say the offense didn’t have plenty of shining moments against the visiting Scots. Stansbury senior Gracey Hinton scored a pair of goals in the victory, while Bailey Thomas, Annie Ploehn, Marissa Durrant and Merissa Redington also scored.
Hinton’s first goal of the afternoon came on a bit of a lucky bounce. Reagen Didericksen came in down the right wing and looked to center the ball across the top of the 18-yard box, but her pass deflected off a Ben Lomond defender and went straight up in the air. Hinton found herself in perfect position to get her head on the ball, and it bounded into the goal for a 1-0 Stansbury lead in the sixth minute.
“I definitely felt a lot of appreciation for my team,” Hinton said. “All the goals came from us either working hard or working together. When we work as a team, good things happen.”
Thomas doubled the Stallions’ lead in the 23rd minute after collecting a centering pass from Redington. She had time to settle the ball down before calmly pounding the ball into the back of the net. Just before the half expired, the Stallions made it 3-0 on a feed from Didericksen to Ploehn.
“Reagen (Didericksen) had been playing great balls all day,” Call said. “She’s been playing really good. She makes that great header to Annie (Ploehn), and that was the nail in the coffin, I thought.”
Stansbury had a couple chances to extend its lead early in the second half, as Samantha Coleman hit the right goal post on a crossing pass from Didericksen in the 45th minute, and Chloee Corbett’s free kick from 30 yards out just missed the top-right corner in the 50th minute. But in the 53rd minute, Hinton hit the target to make it 4-0 as the Stallions moved down the field after a Ben Lomond scoring opportunity went awry.
“I got a good pass from Sam (Coleman), and when I was dribbling, I thought about passing, but I saw the goal and I just said, ‘why not?’,” Hinton said.
Durrant scored on a rebound in the 67th minute, and Redington capped the scoring in the 74th minute on a partial break with Ben Lomond pushing most of its players forward in an attempt to avoid being shut out.
Call was impressed by his team’s scoring depth.
“We’ve got so many attackers,” Call said. “I’ve got four or five girls on the bench who are just as good as the four or five starters. Competition creates a good, healthy team environment. I feel really fortunate to have eight or nine really good attacking options.”
The Stallions traveled to Eagle Mountain to face Cedar Valley in a key early-season Region 10 matchup that was not complete at press time Thursday. Stansbury will play host to county rival Tooele on Monday afternoon.