Tuesday , October 17, 2017 - 5:30 PM
DRAPER — Those who know Syracuse High head girls soccer coach Taylor Allen know he’s not afraid to speak his mind, but even he acknowledges there was something he thought heading into this season that he just didn’t want to say.
He thought his squad — which had never so much as hosted a playoff game — could be the best in the state of Utah.
Syracuse is now one win away from being exactly that following a dominant 4-1 victory Tuesday over Bingham in the 6-A semifinals at Juan Diego Catholic High School.
“When you got Gabby (Segura) in net, whose gotten better every year … and then you’ve got a back line with Kelsey Steed — who might be the fastest girl in the state of Utah — and then combine Ashlyn (Hall), Sarah (Wynn) and Caroline (Stringfellow) up top with Lauren (Burnett) and ‘Squirt’ (Kenadee Arigot) in the mid; oh my gosh,” Allen said.
“It’s one of those seasons where things fell into place, piece wise, and I saw it early.”
The Titans will play American Fork in the championship game at 2 p.m. Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
“We’re super excited because anyone who looked at our team four years ago would never have expected this,” Hall said.
Hall scored twice Tuesday — her seventh multi-goal game of the season and her 21st and 22nd goals overall — and also handed out an assist. Burnett and Stringfellow also scored. Stringfellow’s goal was her 28th of the season.
Despite being a state semifinal game, Allen was confident his team could score in bunches against Bingham.
“Obviously (Sarah Duncan) was a really strong center back (for Bingham), but outside of that, I felt like we could pull them wide and attack those seams, and attack they did,” Allen said.
Syracuse got its attack going after a near goal for Bingham. In the 16th minute, a Miners shot hit the crossbar.
In the 19th minute, Burnett scored following a cross from Stringfellow. In the 22nd minute, the Titans scored again when Lexi Chenoweth assisted Hall.
Chenoweth assisted Hall again in the 46th minute.
Jill Elison scored in the 64th minute to get Bingham on the board, but Stringfellow scored in the 75th to again give the Titans a three-goal advantage. Stringfellow was assisted by Hall.
“Today was really physical, but we all fought through it, and our defense did really good, too,” Stringfellow said. “Kelsey Steed saved us a whole bunch of times and Ashlyn did really good putting in her shots. We just did really good today.”
AMERICAN FORK 1, LAYTON 0
DRAPER — Freshman Addison Gardner found Rachel McCarthy who punched in a golden goal in the 88th minute to lift American Fork to a 1-0 win over Layton in the 6-A girls soccer semifinals Tuesday at Juan Diego Catholic High School.
“One team has to win and one team has to lose and the goal is that you leave it all out on the field and they did, so they can’t hang their heads,” Layton coach Tara Ferrin said. “It’s a loss, but you know what, they went out giving 110 percent and we’ll take it.”
Ferrin thought her team was able to be first to the ball in the first half but that things changed in the second.
“In the second half, we gave them a little too much room for passing and they got one through,” Ferrin said.
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