Friday, April 28, 2017
Wasatch High School
Uintah High School
Another exciting game with Wasatch and Uintah. It was like the old Region 10 days when this rivalry always had exciting games in Vernal. This year’s Uintah Utes have a senior laden team that have been together since they were young kids. They are extremely good at home and on the road.
Despite Wasatch controlling the play for the first ten minutes, having several really good opportunities on goal, Uintah really picked up the pace of the game with three goals in twelve minutes. The first was at the 12th minute mark, Caden Nerdin, the Uintah coach’s son, slotted away a nice shot. In the 19th minute, Franli Rivera made an unbelievable shot that seemed to squeeze between the Wasatch goalie and the near post. It was such a narrow window but just wide enough. The third goal of the half was in the 24th minute by Junior Flores, again just getting past the defense.
At halftime, a spirited discussion with the coaching staff and players, seemed to lift up the spirits of the Wasatch team. A couple of tactical adjustments, particularly pushing the ball up top quickly to put pressure on the Utes defense, worked with two goals in the first six minutes of the second half. Wasatch had Uintah on their heels quickly into the half. Jesse Lopez had a great assist from his twin, Gary, and then Gary Lopez scored from a great long throw by Dax Holmes. The two quick goals woke up Uintah in a hurry and the rest of the game was a flurry of activity.
Wasatch had several opportunities to tie up the score but just couldn’t quite get the equalizer. Uintah began to tighten up their defense and not counter attack Wasatch like they had in the first half. This limited the Wasps in what they were doing. Still though, Wasatch kept the pressure on the entire second half.
Time just ran out for a come back. The coaching staff was extremely proud of the team for not giving up and coming back with renewed energy that almost paid off.
The Region 8 race is now really tight. Maple Mtn is 7-1 with both Wasatch and Uintah at 7-2.
Be sure to come out to senior night this Thursday in the football stadium at 6 PM for the varsity game against an improving Springville.
Shots on goal: 10
Goalkeeper Saves: 3
Corner Kicks: 6
Direct Kicks: 11
Shots on goal: 6
Goalkeeper Saves: 8
Corner Kicks: 4
Direct Kicks: 6