Boys Varsity Soccer · Disappointing Loss Changes the Post Season for Dons

1 Spanish Fork High School
2 Salem Hills High School
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At the start of the day, standings in Region 10 placed the top four teams in very close proximity to each other as 4A teams approach the conclusion of region play this week. Prior to today’s match at Salem Hills, the Dons of Spanish Fork had been looking at a probable second place seeding going into the State Tournament next week. A second place seed would have secured a home match for the first round next Wednesday. After the final whistle had blown on the rivalry matchup in Salem today, the Dons will be relegated to a third-place or fourth-place finish, forcing them to travel to Cache Valley and the teams of Region 12.
The loss was an all-too-familiar one for the Spanish Fork boys – a loss late in the game and by only one goal – exactly the same outcome as the previous pairing between these two South County rivals. When asked about the outcome, coach Shane Ferrin said, “This time the match was different. This time we let the refs get into our head. We normally don’t let much get to us and we can’t do it again on Friday, even if the officiating is as bad as it was today.”
Ferrin later stated that the officials they have seen this season have been better than he remembers in past seasons, but Ferrin didn’t feel that way today. “Three free kicks directly at the top of the 18? Six yellow cards? One of those for nothing more than standing still? Let’s just say that I’ve seen better.”
In the end, the trust Ferrin failed to feel for the officials, he placed firmly in sophomore Ethan Binks. A penalty was awarded early in the first half as Senior Ryker Barton fired a hot one from just outside the box and a Salem defender raised his hand to stop the shot. The hand ball caused the center ref to point to the spot and Barton stepped up. “Ferrin had a feeling,” said coach Crockett. “He called Ryker off the kick and asked instead for Binks.” And Ethan Binks buried the shot low and right, sending the number to the Don’s side of the scoreboard. Binks, a diminutive center-midfielder has been a big contributor this season for this Spanish Fork team, logging six goals in his second season wearing the Red and Grey.
The Dons hope to finish their region season in a different way this Friday as the Uintah Utes pay a visit. The Uintah team has struggled to gain traction this season and come to Spanish Fork on Friday with only two wins. But in a region that has seen teams do some unusual things, the Dons will need to keep their heads clear and focused if they want to see post-season action next week.