Wednesday , October 11, 2017 - 8:54 PM
OGDEN — Close games are nothing new to the Ogden High girls soccer team.
For the eighth time this season, Ogden was involved in a game decided by one goal and the Tigers have won all eight of them.
Ogden advanced to the quarterfinals of the state 4-A playoffs with a 3-2 victory over Cedar at the Ogden Community Soccer Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
“I told the girls today that everything we’ve done up to this point has prepared us for this game,” Ogden coach Skylar Stam said. “So when we’re tied 1-1 at half it wasn’t unfamiliar. They’ve been here, they’ve done that.”
“They’ve fought back; they’ve been behind; they’ve been tied before. It’s not new, they just had to work for it,” Stam said.
Sarah Halverson scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 70th minute — after the ball bounced off Cedar’s goal keeper — as Ogden built a 3-1 lead late in the second half.
“To be honest, I really can’t remember a lot. I just remember that there were two defenders and the goalie and the ball just came out and that I needed to get it in the back of the net,” Halverson said. “I just turned toward the goal and all I remember is seeing the ball go in, then all my teammates were around me. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Ogden (12-3-1) played Cedar to a first half draw, scoring on a header by Alysia Butters then fighting through a couple of calls that took away a goal and gave the Lady Reds a penalty kick in the 31st minute.
“The officiating was pretty bad. I won’t lie, it was bad. But it’s part of the game. It’s an obstacle to overcome and the girls did really well with it,” Stam said. “They didn’t let it affect them when they easily could have. Soccer’s a lot like life — sometimes it’s unfair.”
Sophomore Kadrey Howell broke the tie in the 61st minute, scoring on an assist from freshman Lana Mccurry.
“She passed it to me and I decided to take it, one touch and it went over the keeper’s head,” Howell said.
“Lana is a good player. A lot of people underestimate her and she proves a lot of people wrong. When she wants to, she works hard and when she works hard, things get done,” Stam said.
Cedar’s (8-8) first goal came on the penalty kick by Kaitlyn Rowley and Julia Hunt closed the gap to 3-2 in the 74th minute.
“They answered in the second half. The first half was a little scary, a little ugly and we didn’t play well,” Stam said. “Cedar came out and played well but the girls turned it around and decided that they wanted to play on Saturday.”
It doesn’t get any easier from here. Ogden now travels Saturday to play Region 10 champion Spanish Fork.
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