Braves blast past Falcons in final 10 minutes

Apr 17 2012 - 11:25pm

CLEARFIELD -- Bountiful High soccer coach Lou Plank didn't like the way his last two games ended, but this time, the Braves got just what they wanted.

Trailing Clearfield 2-1 with less than 10 minutes to play, the Braves staged a furious rally, pumping in three goals in the final seven minutes -- including two from junior forward Kaleb Maynard -- to stun the Falcons for a road victory on Tuesday.

The Braves (4-4-2, 2-2 Region 6) had blown two consecutive matches in the second half and found themselves behind 1-0 at the break against Clearfield, but Bountiful outshot the Falcons 5-2 in the second half, four of them going in for scores to snap the losing skid.

"We dropped a match to Cyprus after going into it thinking it would be an easy win and then lost a tough match to East last week," Plank said. "We were determined not to repeat that again and we showed a little more composure in the end."

Clearfield (7-3, 1-3) struck first in the 33rd minute when junior Bruce Bitter found the back of the net after the ball bounced off the back of a Bountiful defender. The Braves had a few chances just before halftime, but two highlight-reel saves by Falcons goalkeeper Brandon Ward kept Bountiful scoreless.

Plank's squad came out firing in the second half, though, dominating the pace before midfielder Kolten Parker scored the equalizer in the 45th minute.

Cam Spafford put the Falcons back out in front with a goal in the 71st minute, but Bountiful's Richard Haddock chipped in his seventh goal of the season just two minutes later to start the onslaught.

Maynard caught Clearfield in transition for two scores in the 75th and 79th minutes to polish off the win.

"We dropped a player back after taking the lead, but we still stretched out midfield when (Clearfield) got a bit top heavy in the end there," Plank said.

Region 1

WEBER 5, FREMONT 3: At Plain City, the Warriors' Jaden Bybee scored two late goals in the rough rivalry game.

Weber led 2-1 at half but when Fremont scored on a 60th-minute PK and a Warriors player was sent off, the momentum seemed to be headed the Silver Wolves' way.

But Bybee and Parker Dixon combined on a pair of late goals. Bybee added two assists in the first half.

"Jaden played a great game," Weber coach Jan Swift said.

Tyler Murdock added a pair of goals and Michael Call also scored.

Colton Strong, Gunner Burrell and Braden Searle scored goals for Fremont.

* LAYTON 2, SYRACUSE 0: At Syracuse, Christian Love and Yeong Lee provided all the offense the Lancers would need in the first half.

* DAVIS 1, NORTHRIDGE 0: At Kaysville, the Darts remain unbeaten behind another shutout by Mitch Jensen, who made John Taylor's first-half goal stand up.

Region 5

* MOUNTAIN CREST 3, BOX ELDER 2: At Brigham City, the Mustangs corralled all of their goals in the second half to overcome Box Elder goals from Bradley Nelson and CJ Brown.

* LOGAN 3, BONNEVILLE 0: At Logan, the Lakers got shut out by the Grizzlies' defense.

* ROY 1, SKY VIEW 0: At Smithfield, Kayden Brinkerhoff held the Bobcats in check with a shutout and Michael Ropelato knocked in the game's only goal in the second half.

Region 11

* BEAR RIVER 3, MORGAN 0: At Garland, Tanner Porter's two goals and one from Ryan Munns led the Bears to a region victory.

Bryce Tueller earned the shutout in goal for Bear River.

* OGDEN 8, TOOELE 0: At Tooele, Josue Valtierra scored four goals to lead the Tigers to a dominating victory over the Buffaloes.

Diego Diaz notched two goals and Ulises Acosta and Dario Robles each added one for Ogden, which went up 6-0 by halftime. Auggie Garcia earned the shutout for the Tigers.

"Josue played amazing today," Ogden coach Sterling Castle said. "He just found little pockets of space and was able to slot the ball past the keeper in traffic."

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