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Snow soccer women get ties, but men fall against SLCC

Snow soccer women get ties, but men fall against SLCC

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

9-29-2016

 

 

EPHRAIM— The Snow College Badger Soccer teams struggled unlike ever before during their back-to-back matchup against the rival Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Bruins last Friday and Saturday in Ephraim.

While the Lady Badgers fought both of their matches with SLCC to a tie, the men lost both of their games against the Bruins in heartbreaking fashion.

Snow women drew in a scoreless game against the Lady Bruins on Friday when neither team could manage to establish their offense. In Saturday’s game, Snow defender Kassidy Barker nailed a goal to give the Lady Badgers a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute. That lead held until halftime.

In the second half, the SLCC attack was relentless, and although the Snow defense held almost the entire game, the 10 shots on goal from the Lady Bruins finally gave way to a single goal from SLCC defender Kenzie Van Buren, which evened the score, and resulted in another draw for the Lady Badgers.

Snow’s men’s team was not so fortunate. Although executing a bold offense and getting great looks at the net, the Badgers could never manage to score in their Friday match and eventually fell victim to a goal off a block by SLCC centerfielder Kanon Heaton, resulting in a 1-0 victory for the Bruins.

Saturday’s matchup was a different story as both offenses were firing on all cylinders in a shootout game. Snow forward Ueslei Silva had a great game, scoring two goals in less than five minutes of action. It couldn’t prove the difference, however, as a slightly more potent Bruin offense scored four goals to take a 4-3 victory and sweep the Badgers on the road.

“I felt we played very well against a top team,” Snow head coach Nuno Gourgel said. “We should be proud, hold our heads high and use this as a learning opportunity.”

Snow Soccer will travel to Price this Friday and Saturday to play back-to-back games against Utah State University-Eastern. USU-Eastern women are currently ranked No. 16 nationally.