The Grand County High School boys soccer team suffered a 12-0 shutout loss to the Manti Templars in a match held in Moab on Thursday, March 21.
Manti got on the scoreboard early, racking up four goals in the first 10 minutes of play. The Templars led 8-0 at the half, and then scored four more times in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The game was called early due to the mercy rule.
“Manti is a tough team,” said GCHS head coach Mike Camps. “They’ve got a group of guys that have been playing together for about 10 years.”
Alvaro Cardenas scored five goals for the Templars, and teammate Juan Fruto added three during the rout.
Grand was missing the services of three key players – Jacob Francis, Wesley Rodda, and Kamron Call – who were out of town on a history club field trip to Washington, D.C.
“That hurt us a bit, but you’ve got to come out and play with who you’ve got,” Camps said.
Grand’s junior varsity team also lost its contest to Manti, but by the much closer score of 2-0.
With the loss to the Templars, the Red Devils’ record dropped to 3-4 overall, 2-2 in region play. Grand had one game scheduled during spring break week – a home region contest against the Richfield Wildcats on Tuesday, March 26.