WASHINGTON TERRACE -- Not unlike a certain brawny, green superhero, you wouldn't like Daniel Burnham, apparently, when he's angry. That is, if you're a member of the opposing team.
After referees called offsides on a would-be go-ahead goal from Burnham in the 54th minute, the forward was quick and vicious in exacting revenge, scoring twice in the ensuing 15 minutes to lead the Outlaws to a 3-2 victory over the BYU Cougars Saturday evening at Bonneville High.
"I think when the goal got taken away, it was motivating for us to get it back," Burnham said. "Everybody stepped up and did their part, and that's why we won that game."
A header that found the back of the net in the 66th minute gave the Outlaws the lead for real and vindicated Burnham, who after the game expressed frustration at the referee's decision to call off his first goal.
After the header, Burnham raced to the sidelines before sliding to his knees to celebrate with the Ogden crowd.
"Our fans came here to support us, so I figured I'd go celebrate with them," Burnham said. "They come all the way out here on a day like this when it's cold."
Trailing 3-1 and down a player after a red card, BYU (1-3-2) scored in the 72nd minute to get back within one, but the Cougars didn't have enough firepower to tie the game.
The win was an especially sweet one for the Outlaws (3-3-2), considering it came against an in-state rival that has dominated them in the past.
"BYU has kind of owned us over the years, and the last two times here at home, we've beaten them," said Outlaws coach Mike Hickman. "That's big for us. We came out with the energy to get a victory."
Just eight games into the season, the win allowed the Outlaws to surpass last season's win total of two, and Hickman said his team's improvement is obvious.
"We brought in some new guys, and that's allowed us to play with a little bit more flair and organization," Hickman said. "These guys just want to win, and it shows on the field."
The Outlaws have four additional home matches over the next two weeks, a solid opportunity to build momentum on the PDL season. Next up is Southern Cal on Friday, and Orange County on Saturday (6 p.m. starts).