Manti soccer team rebounds from first week losses

Manti soccer team rebounds from first week losses


Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer



MANTI—The Manti boys soccer team rebounded from a 0-2 first week to win a pair of games last week and even up their record at 2-2.

The Templars lost their first game of the season to Juab 3-0 on March 10 and then dropped their second game to Union 4-1 on March 11. Last week the Templars got back on track with a pair of wins.

On Tuesday, March 14, Manti traveled to North Sevier and dominated the Wolves with five goals in the first half and three more in the second. The defense held North Sevier scoreless for an impressive 8-0 victory.

Justin Bawden got his first shutout of the year. Dyson Allen and Jorge Lemus both had two goals. Cort Olson, Honorio Jimenez and Noah Arnoldsen each scored a goal for the Templars.

Thursday, March 16 saw the Templars hosting Emery. The Spartans tied the game at 1-1 at the half, but Manti got the game-winning goal in the second for the narrow 2-1 win. Caleb Jensen and Cort Olson had the goals for the Templars.

This week will see Manti on the road for two huge matchups. Tuesday saw the Templars at Wasatch Academy. Game results were not available at press time. Last year the Tigers beat Manti in the semi-finals of the state tournament before losing to Waterford in the championship game.

Today Manti will make the road trip to Moab where they will take on Grand County. This game will pit the number two ranked Templars against the fifth-ranked Red Devils.