Panthers lose 2 OT decision to Vail team

By Wayne Crick


Panthers lose 2 OT decision to Vail team | Soccer, DHS

Photo by Wayne Crick Delta freshman Martin Corral, 18, has been electric at times this season with his goal-kicking prowess. He currently is tied for third in goals in the 3A WSL with 15 and is 21st at the state level. The Panthers' Joseph Holiman is firs

A win and a loss highlighted last week's soccer competition for Delta High School.

The Panthers blasted past Caprock Academy, 10-0 on Oct. 11 and suffered a double overtime loss, 2-1, against Vail Mountain over the weekend.

Senior Pedro Montes scored two goals in Delta's lopsided win over the Eagles of Caprock Academy. Joseph Holiman, Luis Meraz, Luis Munoz, Marcos Edmondson, Bradley Davis, Anders Schopp, Martin Corral and Brandon Harper completed the list of scorers for Delta in the match.

Corral, Meraz and Harper posted two assists each in Delta's win with teammates Munoz, Edmondson, Danny Mendoza and Montes all chipping in with an assist each.

Holiman was the winning goalkeeper who had help from Colton Godwin and Dusty Long.

The match at Vail Mountain was another matter. Two overtime periods were needed to determine a winner.

Another factor to consider was the field of play. Vail Mountain's field is a turf composition and has different playing characteristics than those found on grass.

Delta thought it had scored a goal on a penalty kick that was misread by officials and not allowed. That kick, had it been allowed, would have negated the need for the Golden Goal Overtime (two 10 minute halves -- first team to score wins; or a tie if no one scores).

Corral scored Delta's regulation goal in the first half while Robby Gruber netted Vail Mountain's goal in the second half.

In the final three minutes of the overtime session, Gruber scored on a free kick to win the match, 2-1.

"Very frustrating, but our play showed that we can play at the top levels of 3A," noted Delta coach Elaine Wood.

Wood sees the next two games as being key to a strong season. "We have two very important games remaining," said Wood.

Those games are, Moffat County, at Craig on Oct. 18 (4 p.m.) and at Carbondale against Roaring Fork on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. Roaring Fork dealt the Panthers a 2-1 loss back on Sept. 10 in Delta.