Leader Sports Writer
It wasn’t your storybook ending as the Bear River girls’ soccer team saw their season come to a close, losing to Wasatch in the first round of the state tournament, 3-1.
Things started off on the wrong foot for the Bears as the team’s leading scorer and senior Sarah Huber, suffered an injury before the game and was unable to play. The Wasps from Wasatch came to Garland with a potent attack that netted the ball three times in the first half, putting Bear River in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable situation.
“We knew they were going to be good and that we would have to play a mistake free game to come out on top,” said coach Gene Wilcox. “We thought if we could keep them to one goal or less we could come out and beat them in the second half.”
Down three goals, the Bears fought back as junior Marisa Hobbs buried the ball in the back of the net to cut the Wasp lead to two. In the end, it was just too little too late as Wasatch locked down on defense to secure the win, advancing to the state quarterfinals.
For Bear River, the loss marks the first time since 2005 they did not advance to the second round.
“Overall, we had a young team and we had some success this year,” Wilcox stated. “At different times we’ve had several sophomores and freshman start, which means we should be able to bring back a competitive team next year.”
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