The Grantsville girls soccer team stumbled a bit early in the Region 13 season, but the Cowboys appear to have hit their stride at just the right time.
Grantsville took a major step toward third place in the region, and the right to host a first-round playoff game, with a convincing 4-0 win over Summit Academy on Tuesday afternoon in Bluffdale. Freshman Whitney Wangsgard has two goals, giving her 40 for the season, while senior Ashley Wangsgard and junior Talia Hawke also scored.
“I think the girls are confident on the ball and confident with their passes,” Grantsville coach Travis Lowry said. “I feel like we’re doing good. It’s a good time to be peaking.”
Grantsville (10-3-1, 3-3-1 Region 13) needed less than two minutes to take control of Tuesday’s game, as Whitney Wangsgard scored just a minute and a half into the contest to give the Cowboys a 1-0 lead. The Cowboys then put a stranglehold on the game with a pair of goals two minutes apart just past the midway point of the first half.
After Whitney Wangsgard was fouled about 45 yards from the goal, Hawke drilled a picture-perfect free kick into the top right corner to give Grantsville a 2-0 lead 22 minutes into the match. Whitney Wangsgard then took a pass from Kylee Haycock in the 24th minute, fought off a physical Summit Academy defender and scored to make it 3-0.
“The team played awesome — every player,” Lowry said. “We didn’t make a single sub today. It was a complete game.”
Ashley Wangsgard made it 4-0 10 minutes after halftime, scoring her ninth goal of the season on a breakaway. The Cowboys were in complete control from there, allowing goalkeeper Savannah Thomas to earn her sixth shutout of the season.
Grantsville came into Thursday’s Region 13 finale against Morgan with a narrow advantage over Summit Academy for third place in the region standings. The Cowboys would clinch third place, and a first-round home playoff game, with a win or tie against the Trojans, or if Summit Academy (4-6, 3-4) tied or lost to Judge Memorial in its final game. The third-place team would host either Maeser Prep, American Leadership Academy or Providence Hall in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament next Wednesday, while the fourth-place team travels to Manti.
“I’m thoroughly happy,” Lowry said. “I knew we had the right leadership with the seniors and a good mix with the freshmen. I think everything’s gone to script for the most part. There’s not much more we could ask — except a run for the title.”