This archived article was written by: Nate Davis
The newly formed College of Eastern Utah soccer club faced a tough challenge on Saturday when they took on the University of Utah men’s soccer team.
The Eagles put up a valiant effort but were no match for the experienced Utah team in the end. For much of the first half the game was scoreless, with CEUs goalie standing strong in goal. He was able to make a handful of impressive saves that kept CEU in the game early.
CEU’s first scoring chance came half way through the first half, when they were awarded a free kick just outside of the 18-yard box. The free kick sailed over the crossbar and after that, the Ute’s went on the offensive.
When the half ended, the Eagles were only down 1-0, and their coach told the team that they still had a chance, but had to play hard against the quick Utah team. The team came out with energy in the second half, and had a couple of good scoring chances, with two shots ricocheting off the crossbar.
But in the end CEU was overwhelmed by the high power Utah team, losing 5-0. Ven Lima a defender for the Eagles said “they were like a professional team, we’re just a club.” Despite the loss, the team had fun. They kept high spirits for the length of the match, and showed their true love for the game. The main thing they want is more support. Lima said they hope to have a lot more fans in the stands for their next match.
The soccer club began with a group of students that were playing just for fun. Hamadi Ghariani and Lima both played a role in getting the club off the ground. And Dos Amigos agreed to sponsor the team, allowing them to play against other clubs in Utah. The Eagles are looking to play more matches, but as of now, none are scheduled.