Fremont earns 2-0 victory to open 5-A playoffs

Oct 16 2013 - 1:09pm

PLAIN CITY -- Fremont senior Mariah Elmer was just waiting for the perfect ball.

In the 39th minute of the first half, it came.

Catching up to a perfectly-placed pass from teammate Nicole Allen, Elmer sprinted past the American Fork defense, put a single move on the goalkeeper and punched it into the net to break a scoreless tie.

It was the first of two goals by Elmer as the Silver Wolves advanced to the 5-A quarterfinals with a 2-0 shutout, Fremont's 11th of the season.

Elmer's first-half goal was in effect a sigh of relief for Fremont, which had to that point done everything a dominating favorite could be expected to do -- except put the ball in the net.

From the very first minute, Fremont had American Fork on its heels, blasting shot-on-goal after shot-on-goal. Elmer herself had a golden opportunity in just the second minute, but punched a wide-open look just over the crossbar.

Fremont had another golden opportunity turned away in the fifth minute when a throw-in -- seemingly untouched by a single Silver Wolves player -- bounced past the American Fork goalkeeper and off the bottom of the crossbar before being stopped.

"Until you put it in the net, tensions are still high," Fremont coach Tiva Palmer said. "I know me and my coaches were saying our hearts were beating pretty fast there."

With the lead in the second half, Fremont kept its foot on the gas -- never letting American Fork get comfortable and not allowing more than a couple shots-on-goal.

Elmer scored her team's second goal in the 55th minute, this time off a pass from Melanie Graves. Elmer outraced a number of American Fork defenders to catch up to the ball, put another move on the goalkeeper and slip it into the net.

"She's got that natural talent [and] speed," Palmer said of the University of Utah-bound senior. "Players like her don't come around very often. It's definitely a nice weapon we like to have up top."

For Fremont, making it past the first round of the state playoffs isn't something new. The Silver Wolves have won their first-round contest each of the last five years, but only once have they advanced past the quarterfinals. Elmer thinks the team's chemistry sets this year apart.

"This year's just so much different," Elmer said. "The attitude and the girls want to be together longer so we feel like every time we win the longer we're together."

* DAVIS 2, RIVERTON 2 (2OT, Davis 3-2): At Riverton, the Silverwolves fought back to force not one overtime but two, but the Darts won the shootout to advance with the upset.

Davis, the fourth-place squad in Region 1, eliminated the top seed from Region 4 and will next go on the road to face Brighton, the second seed from Region 3, on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

* VIEWMONT 5, LEHI 0: At Bountiful, the Vikings cruised with a strong effort from offense and defense.

Karrie Pead led Viewmont with two goals and Abbie Flandro, Jessica James and Montana Tanner also scored in the win for the second-place Region 1 team. The Vikings will meet Region 2 champ on the road Thursday in the quarters.

Haley Johnson had the shutout.

* LONE PEAK 2, NORTHRIDGE 0: At Highland, the Region 1 third-place Knights were shut out as their playoff run ended on the road.

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