Utah Arrows SC's Ayzia Pehrson plays the ball during a scrimmage between the split-squad Utah Red Devils and Arrows. [Utah Arrows SC]
OREM, Utah — The Utah Red Devils split-squad Black and Blue teams competed in a total of four matches the weekend of July 10-12.
To open the competition, the Red Devils Blue team competed against the Utah Arrows SC Blue team, part of the Arrows' split-squad club. The Red Devils trailed 2-0 at half, but Cassidy McCormick (Utah Valley University) finished a beautiful penalty kick putting her team back in the game. However, the Arrows took advantage of their opportunities and won the game 4-1.
Red Devils Black and Arrows SC Black played the next match, one that was much closer. Michaela Didericksen (Idaho State University) scored for the Red Devil's lone goal in a 2-1 loss.
Devils Black redeemed themselves July 11 with an exciting 3-2 win over the Arrows SC Blue. Didericksen, Litzy Serena (CSU Pueblo), and Victoria Shimkus each scored.
To close out weekend play, Devils Blue played visiting Las Vegas Legends in a thrilling showdown featuring late second-half goals. The Devils took the lead early with a goal from McCormmick. However, the Legends responded with two goals of their own.
In the final minutes of the match, Red Devils Blue came out flying with back-to-back goals from Didericksen and Shimkus. The Legends tied the game up with just minutes remaining, but the Red Devils Blue's Hanna Lee (Salt Lake Community College) sealed the win for the Devils with a banger goal in the final minute of the game for a 4-3 win.