LAYTON — From the outset of the match, the Layton Lancers used their superior athleticism to dominate the Roy Royals.
Much to Layton coach Rick Talamantaz’s dismay, though, it took about 65 minutes for the score to reflect it.
The Lancers, after a suffocating first half that yielded just a one-goal lead, scored four second-half goals to beat the Royals 5-1 Tuesday afternoon in a non-league girls soccer matchup at Layton High.
Layton took the lead with a goal from Madison Barton in the 11th minute, but squandered an opportunity to take a commanding advantage into the half. Roy seldom controlled the ball past midfield in the half, and never posed a serious scoring chance, yet the Lancers were unable to find the net again.
“You’re always concerned when you’re only up 1-0, and you’re dominating the game,” Talamantez said. “It just gives the other team confidence, saying, ‘We can play with these guys.’ And they came right back on scored on us.”
Indeed, the Royals scored just out of the half, in the 42nd minute, to tie the game. Layton’s goalkeeper committed out of the net, and Roy’s Taryn Davies scored, capitalizing on open access to the goal.
From there, though, Layton asserted its will. The Lancers took the lead in the 55th minute with a goal from Shelby Green and scored three more times down the stretch, including a second goal from Barton.
“I thought we performed really well,” Talamantez said. “We had a good practice yesterday, and they actually (executed) what we practiced.”
Roy, which had previously lost close matches to Syracuse and Ben Lomond, is still searching for its first win of the season.
For the Lancers, it was their second win in as many games to open the season, and Talamantez said he’s optimistic about what’s in store for the future.
“I think we’re a much better team,” Talamantez said, comparing this year’s squad to previous seasons. “We’re missing a few players, but overall, our skills are a lot better.”
• VIEWMONT 4, WEBER 1: At Pleasant View, the Vikings jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the half and put it on cruise control for the remainder of the game.
Abbie Flandro, Ashley Petersen, Courtney Wallis and Ella Johnson all scored goals for Viewmont in the win.
• OGDEN 1, BONNEVILLE 0: At Washington Terrace, the Ogden defense put the clamp down on the Lakers, propeling the Tigers to victory.
Lindsey Bray scored a first-half goal and Kelsey East recorded the shutout in net for Ogden.
• SYRACUSE 4, BEAR RIVER 1: At Syracuse, after a 1-1 halftime battle, the Titans stepped up and took control after the break.
Logan Harker, Nicole Kimber, Kylie Harris and Sarah Kelley scored for Syracuse. Midfielder Natalie Shupe played with a lot of hustle for the Titans, 2-0 on the season.
Sadie Croney scored in the first half for Bear River.
• MOUNTAIN CREST 2, CLEARFIELD 0: At Clearfield, the Mustangs got goals from Karlie Kohler and Kaitlyn Whipple as Mountain Crest blanked the Falcons on the road.
Courtney Funk and Kylee McKee split the shutout in net for the Mustangs.
• BEN LOMOND 5, HUNTER 0: At West Valley City, the Scots continue to score a bevy of goals on the young season, upping their record to 3-1.
Mackenzie Abbott scored three goals, and Baylee Roche and Bronte Blanchard each added solo tallies.
Sydne Boucher led the defense, while Leanza Driscoll made a couple of saves to earn the shutout in goal.
• DAVIS 3, BINGHAM 1: At South Jordan, Abbey Mann, Chelsie Dunn and Melanie Ostler all picked up goals against the Miners for a road victory, keeping the Darts undefeated through three games.
• LAYTON DEF. JORDAN 25-19, 26-24, 19-25, 25-16: At Jordan, the Lancers got the best of the Beetdiggers in a tough-fought four-set victory to open up its 2012 season.