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image Stansbury’s Junior Calderon hurdles a Ben Lomond player Friday in the Stallions’ 3-2 win.

April 15, 2014
Stallions move closer to region crown

Stansbury holds on to defeat Ben Lomond 3-2 in crucial home region encounter 

Stansbury made better of use of the wind advantage Friday than visiting Ben Lomond.

The Stallions scored three goals with the wind at their backs in the first half, while the Scots scored two goals with the wind in the second half.

Stansbury (5-0, 8-1) held on to win the match 3-2 and gained a two-game lead over the Scots (3-2, 4-8) in region standings.

“We came out flat for the first 10 minutes of the second half,” said Stansbury coach Brandon Andersen. “You can’t let off the gas against a team like Ben Lomond.”

Down 3-0 at intermission, the Scots scored twice early in the second half in a span of about five minutes.

Stansbury dug deep defensively and held a motivated Ben Lomond team scoreless the final 25 minutes of the match to keep its region record unblemished.

“We had the wind advantage in the first half and they had it in the second. We knew the second half would be tougher for us with the wind in our faces,” Andersen said. “I thought our defense was solid the whole game. We knew they would play a lot of long balls in the second half because they had to score quickly.”

Keeper Shane Conn was forced to save several close shot attempts from the Scots. About midway through the second half with his team only up by one goal, Conn was peppered by three headers at close range. He and the other SHS defenders were able to clear the ball and avoid a tie.

“[Conn] is one of my older players and continues to improve. Also, our midfield and defensive players continue to get better. We haven’t peaked yet, but we’re getting there,” Andersen said.

Stansbury scored at the 16-minute mark when Ian Thompson centered a pass across the box to Caleb Andersen, who knocked it in for a 1-0 advantage.

A few minutes later, Tyler Williams blasted a shot from nearly 40 yards away that hit the upper left corner of the net for a 2-0 advantage.  Williams also had some hard shots barely miss in the second half.

Travis Hanson put the Stallions up 3-0 late in the first half on an assist from Clayton Holdstock.

The Stallions finish off the region schedule with a game at Grantsville Tuesday, at Bear River Friday and home against Tooele on April 22. 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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