The following is sponsored by Utah Youth Soccer Association.
10:30am Gene Hillman Recreational Complex, Payson, UT
Two U14 D1 Boys teams faced off on a beautiful morning in Payson. While the north was getting rained on the clouds parted and made for a perfect day out on the pitch. The game was the tale of two halves as Impact seemed to be in control for much of the first half including going into halftime up 1-0 after an early goal from #10 Tanner Grooms. Impact continued to press throughout the first half and were unlucky to not score more.
Impact goalkeeper Nicolaas DeWaal had an outstanding game coming up with a series of great saves at the end of the first half and throughout the second as Nebo pushed at first for an equalizer and then for the go ahead goal.
After a scoreless first half for Nebo United, Coach Jared Young, made some tactical adjustments at halftime. These included getting the ball to their playmakers including #10 Ethan Christensen and birthday boy #19 Kase Frohmann.
These two players impact was surely felt in the second half as the combined on both goals, with Ethan being the finisher and Kase assisting both.
After going up 2-1 the game got into a back and forth affair with both teams having great opportunities to score. Ethan just missed his hattrick off a header late in the game. While Impact’s Finn Baillie had a great chance to score at the death and took a tremendous save from the Nebo keeper to hold onto the win.
All in all it was a fantastic match featuring two highly skilled teams.
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