OGDEN -- Given the road ahead, the Ogden Tigers needed a match like Friday's Region 11 finale to get focused.
Ogden dispatched Stansbury 2-0 in a physical, hotly contested boys soccer battle on Friday at Mount Ogden Park, as the Tigers wrapped up their second straight league title.
"It was good for us to have game that was contested and physical," Ogden coach Sterling Castle. "Stansbury stayed in the battle. Kudos to them."
On senior day, the 10 Ogden seniors earned the start and battled hard to a scoreless first half.
Just moments into the second half, Alejandro Garcia converted a PK for Ogden's first goal.
Later, Josue Valtierra scored on an assist from Jesus Gil to complete the scoring.
"We had several other shots hit the post. But everyone played hard," Castle said.
Including junior keeper Auggie Garcia, who posted another shutout.
"With him, our defenders have the leeway to go hard," Castle said. "Auggie is also great at distributing the ball. He often gets our offensive attack going."
Ethan Vosburg, Alejandro Garcia and McKay Ogden paced Ogden's defense.
The Tigers will now prepare for the state 3-A tournament, which could include a couple of very tough opening matches at home. Their first game is set for Thursday afternoon.
A year ago, Ogden made it to the tate semifinals before falling to Juan Diego.
"Tough draw. That's why I'm glad we had a game like this to get us on track," Castle said.
* BEAR RIVER 5, GRANTSVILLE 1: At Grantsville, the Bears score three in the first half to put the game away.
Tanner Porter scored twice and Tanner Christensen also had a goal for Bear River.
* LOGAN 1, ROY 1 (2OT): At Roy, the top two teams in the league so far battled to the end without a winner.
Alec Vanderkooi scored in the 67th minute for the Royals, while Logan's Kayd Marquez equalized eight minutes later.
* BONNEVILLE 1, MOUNTAIN CREST 0 (2OT): At Washington Terrace, Chandler Baddley ripped an overtime goal that rescued the Lakers from a tie against the Mustangs.
"In a way it was a lucky victory because neither team played that well," Bonneville coach Mik Hickman said. "It was a lot of back and forth. Both keepers played well enough to win."
After a solid start, the Lakers didn't make much noise until the late-going. The visiting Mustangs missed a potential winner in the first overtime. In the second OT, the Lakers stole the ball and Landon Summers passed ahead to Baddley, who left no doubt with the game-winner.
Adan Gomez made a couple of big saves for the shutout in goal for Bonneville, while freshman J.T.Wood paced the defense.
* SKY VIEW 2, BOX ELDER 0: At Brigham City, the Bees scored in each half for the victory.
Jayson Duffin took a pass from Jaden Wood and scored early. After the break, Wood scored on an assist from Duffin.
* HIGHLAND 3, CLEARFIELD 1: At Clearfield, the Rams had a big second half to prevent the host Falcons from getting their first league victory.
Juan Rios scored two for Highland.
In other league battles, Bountiful topped Cyprus 2-0, and East buried Woods Cross 7-1.
* ST. JOSEPH 7, SOUTH SUMMIT 0: At Ogden, all 11 seniors got the start for the Jayhawks -- even the injured ones -- and each one enjoyed a few moments in the sun.
Senior Adam Brodstein scored four goals and had a pair of assists, while David Donlevy chipped in three goals for the Jayhawks (9-0-1 in league play, 10-1-3 overall), who will now prepare for the state 2-A playoffs.
Jordan Jones added a pair of assists, while Mitch Koehler preserved the shutout.
St. Joseph will host Grand on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Lew Joseph Field to host the playoffs. The Jayhawks have lost in the last two state championship matches.
After the last two seasons, this group is pretty focused on finding a way to take one home," coach Derek Tate said.