SHINGLE SPRINGS — After coming up with a loss to Jesuit to open league play, the Ponderosa Bruin men’s soccer team came back from an early deficit to beat the visiting Pleasant Grove Eagles 2-1 Thursday.
“We played well, today was a good recovery from the loss to Jesuit. That was a tough way to start out league play, and we came back and played well,” Bruin coach Greg Spangler said.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead when Trevor Mallicoat gained control of the ball in a scuffle in front of the goal and pushed it through.
The Bruins had another opportunity in the 26th minute but Jack Carpenter couldn’t capitalize. Two minutes later, Trevor Swartz scored on a header from a free kick by Matt Culver to tie the match at 1-1. Ponderosa stopped a Pleasant Grove shot on goal in the 36th minute and the two teams entered the half dead-locked on the scoreboard.
Merely three minutes into the second half, the Bruins broke the stalemate when Carpenter snuck a shot past the Eagles goalie to give Ponderosa the lead. The home team almost added but a Joshua Arevalo shot bounced off the goalpost. In the 51st minute, keeper Eric Ray stopped a possible equalizer and later deflected a shot as Ponderosa salted away the match.
“In the last 10 minutes of the match, we were just trying to preserve our lead. Not making poor passes, keeping possession, and playing safe,” Spangler said.