ST. GEORGE – When you listen to your coach, good things often happen.
Such was the case on Friday when Hunter Spray, Jake Simister and their Desert Hills teammates heeded coach Benji Nelson’s advice when Carbon opened the game by packing nine men in the goalbox during their boys’ soccer game.
“We knew because they were packing it in, we had to work it outside,” said Spray, who scored the first of his three goals when he rebounded Christian Cottle’s shot with 12:39 left in the first half. The Thunder rolled over the Dinos 7-0. Desert Hills is now 5-0 on the season.
“Hunter keeps finishing really well,” Nelson said.
Simister scored off a Kanon Heaton assist with 4:40 left as Desert Hills took a 2-0 halftime lead.
“We started swinging the ball wide and got more opportunities,” Simister said of the five-goal barrage after halftime. “The team came out and played strong in the second half.”
Rocky Bunker missed two opportunities before capitalizing on a third, losing one goal when Carbon keeper Andrew Williams punched a shot over the crossbar just before halftime. He missed a header before scoring off Heaton’s assist with 33:46 remaining.
Spray scored his second goal off a Heaton header with 27:58 to go and got his third off a Christian Cottle assist with 18:41 remaining.
Koby Imlay scored off a Heaton corner kick with 26:47 and Simister scored off a Cottle assist with 18:41 remaining.
“That’s what you do if you’re nervous — you just pack it in,” coach Nelson said of Carbon’s decision to play tight defense from the start. You’ve got to wait for opportunities to come, be patient and pull them out.,”
Nelson praised the play of center backs Brennan Stuart and Parker Thompson and noted that freshman goalkeeper Trey Nelson picked up the shutout, although his teammates didn’t allow the Dinos a shot on goal. In fact, until the junior varsity came onto the field, Carbon only made two forays past midfield.
Saturday at 2 p.m., Hurricane will visit Desert Hills for a non-conference game. Region 9 play begins on Mar. 29.
“Each week we keep getting better and better as a team as we trust each other and listen to our coaches,” Spray concluded.
Cedar 4, Park City 0
Cedar 8, Diamond Ranch 0
JD Beachum scored a hat trick as the Redmen downed the Miners in a game played at Dixie High School.
Against the Diamondbacks, Rehkop and Beachum each had two goals to lead Cedar. Dylan Arenivar, Ethan Fletcher, Jaden Carver and Rem Roche also scored.
The Redmen entertain Logan at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Hurricane 6, Diamond Ranch 1
Hurricane 7, Carbon 0
Tate Langston and Jeff Bjarson each had a pair of goals to lead the Tigers. Max Guitterez and Dan Brubaker also had goals. Diamond Ranch’s score was an own goal by Hurricane.
“We started to get comfortable in our new formation,” said coach Jeff Fry. “I’m happy to see the boys learning and making the right adjustments. We hope to continue to build through this weekend.”
Against Carbon, Brubaker had two goals and two assists and Langston had two goals and an assist to lead the Tigers. Guitterez had a goal and an assist as did Jaden Stone and Bjarson. Steglich recorded the shutout in goal and recorded two saves.
“This game we worked out a few kinks and really started to work more as a team instead of being individual efforts,” Fry said.
Hurricane will be at Desert Hills for a non-conference game on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“We look forward to facing our previous head coach and DHHS to truly see how our team is truly functioning,” Fry concluded.
Pine View 4, Park City 3
In what Panther coach Sam Johnston described as “a back-and-forth game,” Pine View won its second straight game. Michael Cardenas and Kalob Dudley each scored for the Panthers. Kailer Spangenberg had two goals for the Miners and Matt Gregory had one.
Dixie 1, Logan 1
Av’ry Green had the Flyers’ goal in the first half.
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