SANDY -- Down 3-0, Ogden scored twice within the final eight minutes of Friday's state 3-A boys socer semifinal game with Juan Diego and desperately tried to find the equalizer that would send it to overtime.
It never came.
On the turf of Jordan High, Juan Diego put an end to Ogden's 12-game win streak with the 3-2 decision and sent the Tigers home just shy of a state championship berth.
"We practiced on turf this week but three days on turf doesn't make up for a season on the park we play at," Ogden coach Sterling Castle said. "We struggled finishing until the end ... and Juan Diego is a hell of a team."
An aggressive Eagles defense kept Ogden's strikers at bay through most of the game and the shots that were placed on goal were easily gobbled up by Juan Diego goalkeeper Jesse Reifsnyder.
Juan Diego opened scoring midway through the first half as senior forward Adam Richardson picked up a pass in transition deep in Ogden's left side and touched it past Auggie Garcia for his 19th goal of the season.
Their second score came when Garcia chased a ball in front of Ogden's net, deflecting it right to Juan Diego's Gerry Garcia who tapped it in.
After another Juan Diego goal on a free kick from 30 feet out, Ogden scored with seven minutes remaining when senior defenseman Lyden Egbert picked up a ball just right of the Eagles net and centered into a packed box, somehow finding Eric Calderon who nudged it past Reifsnyder.
Less than a minute later, Ogden was knocking again when junior midfielder Dayton Wright picked up a ball 15 feet out on the right side, stutter-stepped, and squeaked a low shot across goal and inside the left post.
"I was actually looking for a cross," he said smiling. "But it happened to hit the post and go in. It was just luck I guess."
Down 3-2 the Tigers scrambled for the tying score but despite a few good looks on goal, couldn't find it before the siren sounded.
Ogden finished the season a stellar 13-5 and despite being down 3-0 in Friday's semifinal match, refused to give up, something Castle says his guys should keep in mind.
"I was proud of boys for the way they battled back," he said. "They never quit and it just shows the character of this team and this school. It was a lot of fun to coach them."
* ST. JOSEPH 3, WASATCH ACADEMY 0: At Juan Diego High School, the Jayhawks took care of business and will now play for the state title.
"We expected them to come out strong and they put on heavy pressure for the first seven minutes," St. Joseph coach Derek Tate said. "We expected it, we weathered it, and they couldn't keep up the intensity."
From there, David Donlevy scored three goals and St. Joseph dominated on defense.
"Our big four scorers were involved all night long," Tate said. "Ty Evans and Kenin Richards took control at the back and we probably outshot them 30-1."
Adam Brodstein assisted on one of the St. Joseph goals.
* MANTI 3, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 1: At Juan Diego, the Eagles kept their storybook run going for 30 minutes and led 1-0.
Ignacio Baeza scored for LCA, but Manti's Juan Miguel answered to tie it at the half.
After the break, the Templars gained the upper hand, and Carlo Garcia had a pair of goals.