The two teams were fairly evenly matched, although Maeser’s aggressive style of play resulted in multiple penalties early in the game. Despite those penalties, Maeser was the first to score in the matchup, knocking the ball off of one goalpost into the opposite side of the net 18 minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Grand’s defenders managed to protect the goal for the remainder of the first half, and while the Lady Devils attempted plenty of shots, they couldn’t get the ball past Maeser’s goalkeeper. Grand ended the half at a one-point deficit.
Grand came out strong in the second half of the match. Just seven minutes into the half, Grand’s Shaylee Dalton caught a corner kick and headed the ball into the goal. That leveled the score at 1-1. Three minutes later, Dalton repeated the feat, heading in another goal off a corner kick from senior Madie Camps and putting the Lady Devils ahead 2-1.
It looked like the Grand was on its way to a comeback, but Maeser Prep quickly managed to shut down the Lady Devil offense. With 20 minutes to go in the game, one of Maeser’s fastest strikers broke away from Grand’s defenders and kicked in a side shot to tie the score at 2-2.
Then, with 10 minutes remaining, Maeser repeated the feat, skirting Grand’s goalkeeper at the top of the box and running the ball through to score. That put Maeser Prep back into the lead at 3-2, which ended up being the final score.
The Lady Devils desperately tried to score again, and though they took shot after shot, they just couldn’t get the ball past Maeser Prep’s goalkeeper.
GCHS head coach Mike Camps said the game was decided by “a few lucky shots.”
“[Maeser Prep] I think just managed to break through our defense a couple of times. They had a fast player who just got past us and finished the goal,” Camps said. “I think that we had lots of opportunities to finish, but they just didn’t quite go our way.”
Despite the loss, Camps emphasized that he is proud of the Lady Devils’ efforts this season.
“I think we did great overall [this season]. This is our second year that we’ve been second in region,” Camps said. “Our girls are constantly learning, and learning a lot, and they’re really fun to work with. It’s been a great season.”