SANDY -- All Sterling Castle could do was tell his guys thanks.
After Ogden High battled highly touted Wasatch into extra time in Friday's state 3-A boys soccer semifinals at Jordan High School only to lose 2-1, the Tigers' coach was appreciative of his team's effort.
"I told them they did everything I asked of them," Castle said. "They played hard. This is a tough loss. Our season ended a day early."
Wasatch's Ben Powell scored in the first overtime period, on a set piece the Tigers know well because they run the same play. Powell was able to find an opening going against the grain of the defense.
Powell scored both the Wasps' goals. Isaac Smedley had the assist on the winning goal.
"I liked our start to the game, but then we shut down for about 40 minutes," Castle said. "Their second start was better."
The game was delayed about 40 minutes due to lightning in the area around the field.
Castle said the delay didn't affect one team more than the other. Still, the Tigers started the game a bit tentative.
Powell scored in the first five minutes, but Ogden answered just a few minutes later.
Ethan Vosburgh scored for Ogden, which finishes the season with a glossy 15-2-1 record.
Keeper Auggie Garcia made six or seven saves. The state leader in shutouts had allowed just seven goals all season prior to Friday's semifinal.
Wasatch keeper Cody Cowley also had a strong game in the semifinals.
Castle said the entire squad, including 10 seniors, will be missed.
"They left it all on the field. They gave it all they had."
Wasatch will now meet Park City, a 2-1 winner over Desert Hills, in today's championship at Rio Tinto Stadium.
* PARK CITY 2, DESERT HILLS 1: At Jordan High School, Carl Turner and Will MacFarlene each scored in the first half to give the Miners an early lead in the 3-A semifinal match.
Justin Brinkerhoff found the net late for Desert Hills, but Casey Sederman's effort in goal secured the Park City victory.
Wasatch and Park City are both Region 10 schools. The Wasps edged the Miners in both regular season meetings.