OGDEN -- Sometimes it doesn't just come down to playing well.
You've still got to get a fortunate bounce.
Such was life for the St. Joseph High School boy's soccer team on Saturday afternoon.
Despite creating numerous scoring opportunities in the first half, the Jayhawks had nothing to show for it as they entered halftime of their state 2-A quarterfinal round match with Layton Christian in a scoreless draw.
Early in the second half, however, the Jayhawks finally got that bounce.
Junior midfielder Keyanu Tate hit a blistering shot from just outside the box, caroming the ball off the right post and into the back of the net, lifting St. Joseph to a 1-0 victory over the Eagles and into the semifinal round for the fourth straight season.
"Right at the half, I was feeling good and I told my teammate, 'I'm gonna score right here, I just know it.' And sure enough, it happened. It was a pretty cool experience," Tate said of his shot, which came just 50 seconds after the break. "(I) came through at the right time, I guess. I just took a touch around the guy and I saw the opening, so I decided to go for it."
The unbeaten 2-A Central champion Jayhawks (11-1-3) will carry a 12-match unbeaten streak into their semifinal round matchup with defending 2-A champion Manti (15-1-0) on Friday at 6:15 p.m. at Juan Diego High School.
"Even though we didn't put our chances away today, I was really happy with the way they possessed and created the chances and held the ball most of the game," St. Joseph coach Derek Tate said. "Some days they're just not gonna fall for you, and today was one of those days."
Layton Christian (9-3-2), which finished as the 2-A North runner-up, didn't back down from their nearby rival and battled with St. Joseph to the final whistle.
"They (LCA) play with a lot of heart," Tate said. "They're a team that runs hard, pressures the ball, and they really work hard."
Senior goalkeeper Mitch Koehler had the shutout in goal, his ninth of the season and St. Joseph's sixth in its last seven outings.