LAYTON -- There was a bitter cold breeze blowing across the pitch that dipped temperatures to nearly unbearable conditions Tuesday afternoon during the soccer match between crosstown rivals Northridge and Layton.
Despite the conditions and a first half deficit, the Lancers tied the game early in the second half and scored the game-winner three minutes into overtime to upended the Knights 2-1 to open region play.
"I was hopeful that we would come out on top today," Layton coach Rick Talamantez said. "We possess the ball really well and have done so all season long. The conditions were horrible and I was happy that we finished with a great result. The wind affected so many of our passes as well as theirs; some would be great but the wind held them up or a crazy pass would be perfect. And it's always tough when you are playing your rivals."
Northridge forward Stevie Cannavina banged home the first goal of the game in the 37th minute of play to give the visitors a nice 1-0 lead heading into the half, moments after Layton's Jonnathon Rodriguez rattled the crossbar with a 30-yard blast.
Despite trailing to start the half, the Lancers seemed to be relaxed and it showed just nine minutes in when Logan Day found himself on the positive end of a corner kick that bounced around a few people before falling to his feet. His shot hit the side netting to tie the score at 1-1.
In the OT, Layton proved that perseverance pays off.
A ball played out wide to Youri Joseph was cut back across the middle after a great move and Joseph ripped a 15-yard shot that found the back portion of the upper corner of the net and sent the home side into a small celebration.
"His goal was a blast and more than the fact that he scored the game-winner, it got us out of the cold," Talamantez said. "We are continuing to get better day by day. I really wasn't sure what I would get from the boys after two weeks off for the different spring breaks, but I was pleasantly surprised by the result today."
The Lancers' defense was a key to the game as well, led by Jordan Steed, Cooper Hazen, Dallin Drescher, and Ryan Reedy.
* FREMONT 2, DAVIS 1 (1OT): At Plain City, the Silver Wolves shut down the Darts after an early goal, and got the game-winner in OT.
"We've had a couple of really good practices, and the guys wanted to play well," Fremont coach Fred Smith said. "Both teams had good opportunities, and hit the post."
Davis got on the board first, as Mitch Parkinson slotted a shot from 18 yards out that surprised the Wolves.
Just 12 minutes later, Fremont's Jordan Preator scored on a similar shot to even things up.
The score stayed even until the first few minutes of OT, when Preator scored again on the same kind of play as his first goal.
Gary Stoor moved the the backline early in the game, and earned high praise for shutting out Davis' attack.
* WEBER 6, SYRACUSE 0: At Pleasant View, six different Warriors scored in a balanced attack and Cody Albretsen earned the shutout in goal.
* BONNEVILLE 2, MOUNTAIN CREST 1 (OT): At Hyrum, the Lakers rallied from a goal down to win in overtime.
The Mustangs scored early in the second half to go ahead, but Chandler Baddley tied it up with about seven minutes remaining in regulation, then notched the golden goal for minutes into the OT session.
"It was cold and windy, pretty miserable," Bonneville coach Mike Hickman said. "Both teams worked pretty hard, but we kind of took it to them in the later part of the game."
* ROY 2, LOGAN 0: At Logan, Alex Vanderkooi and Noah Jorgensen each tallies scores for the Royals and Kaden Brinkerhoff was perfect in goal.
* BOX ELDER 1, SKY VIEW 1 (2OT): At Smithfield, Connor Olsen knocked in the equalizer in the second half for the Bees but neither team could break the tie in double overtime.
* BEN LOMOND 4, STANSBURY 2: At Ogden, the Scots scored three times in the second half to pull away with the win after being deadlocked at 1-1.
* BEAR RIVER 4, TOOELE 0: At Garland, the Tanners struck again for the Bears. Tanner Porter scored twice and Tanner Christensen and Tanner Anderson each added goals while Bryce Tueller claimed the shutout.
* OGDEN 9, GRANTSVILLE 1: At Grantsville, the Tigers led 5-1 at the half and didn't slow down despite freezing weather.
Ule Acosta led Ogden with a hat trick, Roque Ceja contributed two goals and two assists, Josue Valtierra had two goals and one assist and Dario Robles added two more goals.
Diego Diaz had two assists and Juan Robles had one to help a Tigers' attack that was firing on all cylinders.
"The starting 11 played really well," Ogden coach Sterling Castle said.