SANDY -- A second-half goal from Bonneville's Sienna Thornock in the 44th minute lifted the Lakers to their second state 4-A championship in three years with a 1-0 win over the Bountiful Braves at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night.
Several Lakers sported painted blue handprints on their thighs; something Thornock said was their version of a rabbit's foot.
"We won the state championship two years ago and we did it then," she said. "I guess it's just like a good luck charm."
The Lakers came into Friday night's 4-A title match with Bountiful riding a 3-1 semifinal win over Woods Cross on Tuesday.
Bountiful wasn't about to roll over after their 1-0 semifinal win over Skyline and after a scoreless first half it seemed neither team held an advantage.
That changed early in the second half when Bonneville's offense started to click.
Thornock said she didn't have a doubt her shot would find its mark.
"I didn't think twice and just took it," she said. "It just came to my feet and I remembered I had to stay calm and just put it in the back of the net."
Goalie Megan Fillpott and defender Brienna Tuck anchored a Bonneville defense that came up huge throughout the game as Bountiful pressed hard late in the first half and midway through the second logging several good looks inside the box that were continually turned away by the Laker backfield.
"We've had a great defense all year long," Bonneville coach Rob McDaniel said. "I tell the girls if they're having a bad game ... 'get out there and play defense and your offensive game will come.' "
Fillpot sits atop 4-A goalies (second in the state) with 12 shutouts over 20 games and held a potent Bountiful offense led by Jenny Skedros' 15 season goals, in check.
"I've grown up playing with them all my life," Fillpot said of her defensive corps as she gripped the state championship trophy. "I have to give them as much credit as I possibly can."
Charity Cole started in the net for Bountiful and played a solid first half before Thornock found the net for her team-leading 14th goal of the season.
"We told the midfield to work better with the forwards and give them better opportunities and it worked," McDaniel said of his team's game-winning score.
Ten minutes later the Lakers had an insurance goal waved off after Ellee Hall was charged with an offside penalty.
Bonneville netted a pair of yellow cards midway through the second half underlining the game's increasingly aggressive tone as both teams fought with the state title on the line.
Despite being on 2010's championship team, Thornock, now a senior, said the game winning goal and state championship were made all the more special considering it will be her last.
"We won my sophomore year but I didn't play at all," she said. "So this is my real first state championship. It's incredible."