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Finding their way: Provo boys soccer rolls past Mountain View

By Jared Lloyd - | Mar 13, 2023

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Provo senior Seth Gutzman (left) battles Mountain View sophomore Giancarlo Alcala for the ball during the non-region game in Provo on Monday, March 13, 2023.

It can be devastating for a high school boys soccer team to have multiple goals disallowed due to offsides.

That’s what happened to Provo during Monday’s nights non-region home game against Mountain View — but while it wasn’t ideal for the Bulldogs, it was more an indication of how many opportunities Provo created.

Yes, the Bulldogs had a first-half free kick goal and a second-half run-of-play goal taken off the board because someone got caught behind the defense.

Provo did get plenty of goals to go in that counted, however, as the Bulldogs rolled to the 3-0 win over the Bruins.

“I think that because of how good some of the guys really are, their creativity just kind of takes over and I love that even when a goal gets disallowed, they just keep on going and they keep trying to create for each other,” Provo head coach Jayson Manzanarez said. “They’re just confident and I love it. It’s probably one of the most valuable things for the younger guys is to see. Even when something doesn’t go right for us, we’re just gonna keep doing what we’re supposed to do, because that’s all we can control.”

The Bulldogs got a rebound goal from senior Francisco Rueles Sanchez, a nice dish from senior Cole Disbrow to junior Robbie Mullen and a great header off a corner kick by senior Seth Gutzman.

The Provo defense stood tall throughout the game, limiting Mountain View to long shots until the end when the Bulldogs were barely able to clear a bouncing ball off the line.

“One of the fun things I love about high school soccer is you get a new group every year,” Manzanarez said. “That’s challenging, trying to get everybody on the same page. It’s difficult and with some of our injuries and things we’ve got going, we had guys playing the backline who were out of position. They stepped up and I’m happy with where we’re at.”

It was the third game in four days for the Bulldogs, who lost to Lone Peak in its opener and edged Lehi in penalty kicks in its second contest.

“These guys they are young and they run all day so I’m not really worried about the being in shape part,” Manzanarez said. “It’s about staying healthy mostly. We’re a solid team, but we still haven’t even had our full lineup yet. So I expect the next guy to step up and do his job. So far it’s been pretty good with that.”

Provo (2-1) next hosts Timpview on March 20, while Mountain View (0-3) will start Region 8 play when it plays the Thunderbirds in Provo on Wednesday.

Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.


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