West Valley City • Through two overtimes, Granger and Taylorsville played to a draw Thursday afternoon, finishing the 100-minute match tied 1-1.
It was a tough, physical match with cards issued to both squads, but it was the red card in the 37th minute against the Lancers that could have spelled doom.
Boys’ soccer Granger 1, Taylorsville 1 (2 OT)In the first OT game this season for both teams, keepers Kellar Sirstins (Taylorsville) and Spencer Brown. (Granger) are perfect in non-penalty shots, each stopping 7.
» A penalty goal in the 10th minute was the third of the year for Granger’s Uriel Heredia.
» Taylorsville’s Eduardo Munoz was issued a second attempt on goal after stutter-stepping on his first penalty kick. He finished in the mid-right of the net.
Granger was up a goal from Uriel Heredia’s penalty kick in the 10th minute of play, but an errant handball in the box awarded Taylorsville forward Eduardo Munoz a penalty kick. Firing a shot on frame, Munoz found the back of the net for the tying goal.
Down a man for the balance of the game, the Granger squad was able to hold on with a combination of deft defense and masterful goalkeeping from senior Spencer Brown.
For the next 63 minutes, the Lancers pulled out all of the stops, frustrating the Warriors’ offensive line and keeping the ball away from scorers Jaden Brewer, Munoz and Nathan Gallegos.
"We haven’t been scored on outside of penalty kicks all year," Brown said. "I have the best defense in region. I know without a doubt we can do damage and shut teams out."
Brown finished the game with seven saves.
Taylorsville coach George Sirstins said that Brown played well between the posts but added that his team needed to find an additional finisher. Unable to take advantage playing a man up, Sirstins said his team needed to follow through on shots.
"We have to work on finishing," Sirstins said. "Eduardo [Munoz] is usually our finisher but he has been having health problems. So we are looking to see who will step up."
Granger defenders Carlos Tavares, Daniel Anguiano and Vicente Lucena were efficient in concert, clearing the ball and shutting down the Warriors’ passing lanes. Brown knows his game is better with the players in front of him.
"They’re good at doing the dirty work," Brown said.
Brewer was disappointed that Granger fell short of the victory, but was going to use this game as motivation for the rest of the season.
"They were tough," Brewer said. "Next practice we’re going to work on finishing better and coming away with wins from games like this."
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