Friday’s game between the Logan Grizzlies (2-1-1) and the Dixie Flyers (1-2-1) came right down to the wire and gave fans an early taste of what’s expected to come at the 3A state tournament in May.
With the scored tied 1-1, both teams traded chances with shots bouncing off the crossbar, but in the end, neither team could convert as the game ended in a 1-1 draw at Flyer Field.
“We’re still growing and learning, but give a lot of credit to Logan for not giving up,” Dixie head coach Burt Myers said. “I thought both sides played a good game; we just couldn’t take advantage of the number of shots that we took.”
For the game, Dixie outshot the Grizzlies 17-7 but couldn’t get much of anything pass Grizzly keeper Elliot Willmore.
Impressively, the senior, who is also the backup keeper, played tremendously after being thrust into the spotlight for today’s game after Benji Ayala was given a red card against Snow Canyon earlier that morning in a 2-0 loss.
“Elliot played great,” Logan’s Jonny Guadarrama said. “We’ve had a lot of stuff to overcome this weekend, and I’m really proud of our team to make a comeback against a good Dixie team.”
Despite giving up a late lead, Myers said that he was proud of his guys and how far they’ve been able to come along after graduating 14 seniors last year.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed that we couldn’t finish the game with the lead, but overall I’m happy where we are at,” he said. “I didn’t think we would be this far along with how early into the season it is.”
A big part of the Flyer offense was gone as Tyler Bennett came off 10 minutes into the game after hurting his foot.
“Tyler strained his muscle, and with it being a preseason game, we wanted to hold him out and make sure he was OK and not rush him back out there,” Myers added.
Dixie’s only goal came in the 39th minute when Av’ry Green got the ball at the edge of the box and after a nifty move unleashed a rocket then bounced off a Grizzly defender who was standing near the goal line and bounced into the back of the net.
The Grizzlies lone goal came in the 70th minute when Guadarrama stepped up and hit a beautiful free kick just outside of the box and into the upper corner to tie the score.
“I practice that shot every day in practice,” he said with a smile. “It felt good when I kicked it, and I knew it was going in.”
Desert Hills 7, Carbon 0
Hunter Spray had a hat trick, Jake Simister had two goals and Koby Imlay and Rocky Bunker each put one into the back of the net in the win. Kanon Heaton chipped in with four assists for the Thunder and Trey Nelson got the shutout.
The Thunder host Hurricane in a non-region game Saturday at 2 p.m.
Snow Canyon 2, Logan 0
Angel Muniz scored two goals as the Warriors blanked the Grizzlies 2-0. Keepers Austin Mild and Quinn Hargis got the shutout for Snow Canyon.
Next up for the Warriors is a trip to Salt Lake City where they will play Highland at 9:30 a.m., and then Stansbury at 2 p.m.