Emery opens soccer season with three-game St. George road trip

The Emery Spartans opened the 2019 soccer season with three-games-in-three-days Thursday, Friday and Saturday in St. George.

Taking the field for the first time this year on Thursday, Emery was held scoreless in a 2-0 loss to Summit Academy. Emery immediately bounced back with a 7-1 win over Parowan on Friday. The weekend trek came to an end Saturday with a 4-0 loss to Desert Hills.

“I actually feel that the weekend went really good,” said head coach Troy Winter. “Cramming three games inside of three days taught us a lot about our team. We have a young team so there are some things we need to learn and implement.”

Despite being blanked in two of the three outings, the Spartans showed signs of offensive power in the win over Parowan. Zac Anderson and Abdul Ibrahim found the back of the net twice, while Alex Puente, Juan Prada and Spencer Hadfield each scored once.

With the first three-game stretch of the season now complete, Emery will turn its focus to Gunnison on the road Tuesday afternoon. The team will then open Region 15 play against North Sanpete in Mt. Pleasant.

“We are going to lean on our three team captains. Gage Mangum, Spencer Hadfield and Brock Winter,” said coach Winter. “We have some other juniors that gave us some good time last year that we expect to step up as well. We also have a some really guys that we think can play a major role.”

Following the two road tilts this week, the Spartans will return home on Tuesday, March 19 against the Manti Templars.