Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
MURRAY — It took some time for the Murray boys soccer team to shake off the spring break dust.
Nearly 30 minutes in fact.
It wasn't until that point, more than one-third of the way through a home match with Taylorsville, that the Spartans found the net, sparking a scoring rally that ultimately put them on top, 3-2, in the nonregion contest.
"Taylorsville, give them credit," said Murray coach Bryan DeMann. "I think they outpossessed the ball and passed it better than we did. They certainly used their formation better than we did. The guys hustled and sometimes it's better to be lucky than good."
The Warriors took a commanding lead early with a Jaden Brewer goal in the 15th minute and another by Amar Uvejovic eight minutes later. Both were scored on Taylorsville rebounds after Murray was slow to regain control.
"We fired right back, but both teams are coming off of a spring break time," said DeMann. "I think you witnessed a little bit of disorganization, some hesitant play. We made a couple of mistakes in not making decisions and going after the ball."
It was just five minutes after the Warriors' second goal that Logan Ulibari scored the first of his two first-half goals for Murray, tying the score just moments before the halftime whistle.
Midway through the second half, Sam Hansgen capitalized on a breakaway to knock in the Spartans' game-winner.
"The guys needed to just wake up and think a little bit," DeMann said. "Obviously there's some talented players out there, but I was disappointed in the way we just didn't organize, didn't think ahead. We reacted to the ball rather than taking control and planning things."
Murray's defense, led by junior goalkeeper Tanner Critchfield, remained solid for the rest of the game, boosting the Spartans, who are 3-0 in Region 7 play, to an overall record of 5-1-1.
"Despite the fact he's a junior, he's already played a full season of varsity," DeMann said of Critchfield. "He played last year in a situation where he probably had a little more experience out in front of him."
Meanwhile, Taylorsville dropped to 3-2-1 on the season.
"The guys were just not as sharp as I think they would like to be," said DeMann. " It wasn't pretty, but give them credit — they were scrappy."
Sarah Thomas earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. She has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008.
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