LAYTON -- The Lancers got posted up at home.
Armed with an early 1-0 lead and full command of the match, Layton High fell victim to a cruel bounce that changed the tide as Bingham rallied to take a 3-1 victory in a state 5-A boys soccer quarterfinal match at Layton High School on Friday afternoon.
The Lancers' Ryan Reedy unleashed a shot through traffic that beat the Miners' goalkeeper and seemed destined to find the back of the net in the 28th minute.
The shot, however, rang off the inside of the far post and took an agonizing bounce away from the goalline, allowing Bingham's defense to recover and start a counterattack that ended up tying the match at 1-1 barely a minute later.
"That ended up being a turning point; we get that in and it's 2-0 instead of 1-1," Layton coach Rick Talamantez said. "It was a hard-fought game both ways. Getting behind early in the second half kind of took us out of our style; we had to play more direct and try to push things and we don't play that style as well."
Layton took a 1-0 lead in the game on Jordan Steed's header off a corner kick in the eighth minute, giving the home side a huge burst of early energy, and the Lancers kept their foot on the gas throughout the opening frame until Bingham's equalizer.
The Miners came out of the break as the more aggressive team, getting the go-ahead goal just minutes into the second half, and then went ahead 3-1 on a breakaway in the 60th minute.
With its season on the brink, Layton regained control of the play over the final 20 minutes, but was unable to convert several decent chances to get back into the game in the waning minutes.
The loss ended a seven-game unbeaten streak for the Lancers, who won their first Region 1 championship in 10 years and finished 10-3-3 overall.
"I really love this group of guys we have," Talamantez said. "Coaching them this year was one of the best experiences that I've had as a coach here at Layton. They worked hard and respected the game, and I think gave us a little of our tradition back."
* BRIGHTON 3, WEBER 1: At Salt Lake City, the hard-working Warriors found themselves in a tie with Brighton at halftime, but were unable to keep up the pressure, and saw their season end in the 5-A quarterfinals.
Matt Coffey scored a pair of goals for the Bengals, while Andrew Siddoway put the home team ahead to stay early in the second half.
The Warriors finish the season at 9-5-1 overall.
* LEHI 4, VIEWMONT 2: At Lehi, Ty Nielon's corner kick set up Braden Smith on header to put Lehi ahead in the second half.
Nielson added one more second-half assist, finding Gui Leme for an insurance goal.
Landon Brown and Mike Johnson scored for the Vikings.
* BOUNTIFUL 2, MOUNTAIN VIEW 2 (BOUNTIFUL WINS PKS 1-0): At Bountiful, the Braves are the only school from the North to advance to next week's 4-A and 5-A semifinals, set for Woods Cross.
Down 1-0 at the half, Bountiful got goals from Alex Simpson and Nate Smith to tie the game. After the OTs, the Braves won the shootout.