SANTA CLARA – Snow Canyon High School battled to a 2-1 win against Pine View High School in boys’ soccer on Friday night in a very cold game at Panther Stadium.
The rain stopped falling about 20 minutes before the start of the game, but all this did was allow the wind to pick up and cause the temperature to drop significantly outside. The Warriors picked up the win, but they felt the effects of the cold weather.
Snow Canyon midfielder Ricardo Rendon is one of a handful of Warriors who were hurt during the game. Luckily, all the injuries were minor and the kids will be OK. Rendon was struck hard by a ball in his lower abdomen at the beginning of the second half.
“It hurt like crazy,” Rendon said. “As soon as it hit me I thought I was done. With the weather and everything, getting hit there, it really kills.”
Rendon said the weather really affected how both teams performed. He said the rain earlier in the day caused the field to be wet, but then the cold weather that followed caused the artificial turf to stay wet throughout the game.
When the Warriors gathered as a team at the conclusion of the victory, only disappointment was expressed. The players and coaches feel they didn’t deserve to get this Region 9 win.
Snow Canyon assistant coach Dustin Gough said the players need to improve on teamwork. He said he felt the team’s passing game was not up to par.
“I think we’ve improved since the first week but overall there’s still a lot we need to improve on,” Gough said.
The Warriors and Panthers were tied at one goal apiece with 25 minutes remaining in the game. That’s when Snow Canyon forward Mani Rincon swerved his way through the Pine View defense to set himself up for an open goal. He knocked it in to give Snow Canyon the lead.
Pine View made several pushes toward the end of the game to notch the equalizer, especially during the final minute of play, but the Warrior defense held strong.
The win was critical for the Warriors in Region play with the season standings so close between the three 4A teams in Region 9. Snow Canyon continues Region play against Hurricane High School next Friday at Warrior Stadium. The Panthers’ next contest is on Tuesday at Walt Brooks Stadium against Dixie High School.
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