ROY -- There is perhaps no feeling that leaves a more biting sting than that of a shattered dream.
The 14 senior members of two-time defending Region 5 champion Roy High School saw their dreams of a deep run in the state 4-A boy's soccer tournament crushed with a narrow 2-1 loss to Timpanogos on Wednesday afternoon at Sandridge Park.
It was a disheartening day across the board for Region 5, which saw all four of its entrants in the tournament fall.
"We just didn't perform today," Roy coach Glenn Puckrin said. "We didn't possess the ball in the final third as well as we usually do, and we just didn't finish our chances. It's a tough loss; these boys have worked very, very hard all year long."
After starting the game slowly, the Royals (11-4-1) actually controlled the ball for sizable stretches of the afternoon, forcing the scrappy Timberwolves to make several big plays to keep the scoreline level.
With each passing moment of the play in the second half, Roy seemed to become more comfortable and take a little more control of the match, as the Royals attack started to pin Timpanogos in its defensive third.
Clearly needing a break, the Timberwolves caught one after drawing a foul on a counter attack in the 65th minute. Timpanogos' Ryan Steggell got on the end of the ensuing free kick and knocked it into the back of the net to give the visitors a stunning 1-0 lead.
Barely four minutes later, the match became a nightmare as the Timberwolves' David Enciso struck a free kick that the Royals' goalkeeper appeared to have stopped before its momentum carried it out of his gloves and into the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage.
Throwing forward numbers over the final 10 minutes, Roy halved the deficit on Brock Charlesworth's 73rd minute penalty kick and the Royals came painfully close to leveling the score in stoppage time after a short-corner free kick just outside the box slipped past the Timpanogos goalkeeper just two yards from the goalline before it was saved and cleared by a defender.
"We had a great year; we really did. This loss hurts a lot, but we won back-to-back region championships, and it's been a long time since we've done that," Puckrin said. "The boys represented their school and their team very well all year."
* MAPLE MOUNTAIN 2, BONNEVILLE 1 (2OT): At Spanish Fork, the Lakers led after halftime but gave up the tying goal in the second half.
After a scoreless first OT period, Maple Mountain's Kevin Beteta delivered on a score to knock Bonneville out of the tournament. Facundo Curi had the first Maple Mountain goal.
Chandler Baddley had Bonneville's only scored.
* OREM 2, MOUNTAIN CREST AT OREM 1: At Orem, the Mustangs tied the battled at halfime, but Daniel Corbett scored the winning goal for the host Tigers.
Brian Finn also scored for Orem.
Fernando Garcia-Aguilar had Mountain Crest's goal.
* MOUNTAIN VIEW 2, LOGAN 0: At Logan, the Bruins' Alec Woolley scored a goal in each half to push the Grizzlies out f the tournament. James Pena posted the shutout for visiting Mountain View.
* BOUNTIFUL 3, HILLCREST 1: At Bountiful, the Braves overwhelmed Hillcrest in the first-round meeting. Cesar Duenas, Kaleb Maynard and Tristan Booth scored for Bountiful.