LAYTON -- The state boys soccer tournaments turned physical on Saturday as the 3-A and 2-A quarterfinals were contested across the state.
In the 2-A quarterfinals, Layton Christian edged past Beaver 1-0 in a home matchup that sends the Eagles on to next week's semifinals against Manti.
St. Joseph advanced on the other side of the 2-A bracket, staging an impressive 2-1 victory over visiting Gunnison.
In the 3-A quarterfinals, Ogden advanced with a 3-2 win over Hurricane, but Ben Lomond saw its season end with a tough 5-0 road loss at Dixie.
The state 4-A and 5-A tournaments begin next week.
The game's only goal came in the first half on a PK by Raphael Riera, and was delivered just moments after the Eagle's Berke Kalemoglu stopped a Beaver PK.
"The game was physical, and became more so late in the contest," LCA assistant coach Steve Elswick said after the game. "We had some good chances but never could get a second score. The players are excited. They've worked very hard to get here."
Ignacio Baeza and the rest of the midfield took control in the second half for LCA, now 8-4-0 on the season.
The defense really hustled today," Elswick said.
The game ended with a Beaver player losing his cool but the Eagles weren't drawn into the drama.
"I think we're peaking at the right time," Elswick said.
Manti topped Waterford 3-2 in the other quarterfinal. LCA and Manti will play at 4:30 p.m. at Juan Diego High School.
* ST. JOSEPH 2, GUNNISON 1: At Lew Joseph Field, the Jayhawks dominated in shots on goal but still needed a late goal from David Donlevy to advance.
"We peppered the goal, but this wasn't a typical St. Joseph game," coach Derek Tate said. "We didn't possess as much today and weren't very patient."
St. Joseph led 1-0 at halftime, thanks to a corner kick from Adam Brodstein that Ty Evans buried.
Gunnison had one shot in the second half, but made it count.
Ten minutes later, Donlevy took a pass from Oswald Cruz and scored the winner.
Tate praised the defensive effort of Kenin Richards, Evans and Jordan Jones in the midfield.
The Jayhawks (13-3-0) will take on Wasatch Academy, a 3-2 victor over American Leadership Academy.
* OGDEN 3, HURRICANE 2: At Ogden's Lions Club Park, the Tigers (13-4-0) trailed 2-1 early in the second half but found plenty of offense in the final 20 minutes.
"The boys kept playing hard," coach Sterling Castle said.
Pablo Sanchez took a pass from Roque Ceja to put the Tigers ahead. But Hurricane answered before halftime and then took the 2-1 lead after the break.
In the 68th minute, Ceja took a pass from Alexis Alcarez and tied the score. Moments later, Sanchez scored the game-winner on a pass from Jesus Gil.
"We took a lot more long-range shots today, but I'll take a one-goal win at this point in the season," Caslte said.
Ethan Vosburgh and Dayton Wright paced the defense, winning a high percentage of balls in the air in the midfield.
Ogden will meet Juan Diego at 6:45 p.m. on Fiday at Jordan High School. A win would put the Tigers into Saturday's state 3-A championship at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Juan Diego beat Stansbury 2-0 on Saturday.
* DIXIE 5, BEN LOMOND 0: At St. George, the Scots saw their six-game winning streak come to an end. Flyers keeper Tristan Cowles posted the shutout and five different Dixie players scored.
Ben Lomond finishes its season with a 12-6-0 mark.
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