Wolves earn berth in state 5-A semifinals

Oct 17 2013 - 11:17pm

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PLAIN CITY -- Kelsey Andersen picked a great time to suddenly become a scoring threat.

The Fremont junior had recorded only one goal this season heading into the Silver Wolves' 5-A quarterfinal match against Jordan, but ended up scoring twice -- including a golden goal in the final minute of the second overtime -- as Fremont outlasted Jordan 2-1 on Thursday.

With the victory, Fremont punched its ticket to the state semifinals for the first time since 2009. The Silver Wolves had been ousted in the quarterfinals each of the past three seasons.

Fremont and Jordan appeared destined for a shootout just before Andersen's golden goal. The Silver Wolves' defense had stifled the Beetdiggers all afternoon, but despite having a goal on the board, Fremont couldn't seem to find a way to solve Jordan goalkeeper Brooklyn Nielsen.

"I just felt like we couldn't put them away," Andersen said. "We certainly had chances."

So as naturally seems to be the case in low-scoring contests, it came down to a bounce.

In the 100th minute, Fremont's Riley Porter knocked a free kick close to the goal where it was briefly flicked by Hannah Loftus. Andersen, who admitted afterward she didn't even see the ball until after Loftus touched it, suddenly found herself in exactly the right place at the right time and was able to chest the ball into the net.

"Kelsey always gives 100 percent," Fremont coach Tiva Palmer said. "She's all heart. She was even hurting. She does everything for her team."

Despite a strong defensive first half, Fremont found itself behind 1-0 thanks to a throw-in by Beetdigger Kyra Radcliffe that bounced off the hands of Silver Wolves goalkeeper Alexis Burnett and into the net.

Palmer chalked it up as just an unlucky play that caught Burnett in between, not knowing exactly whether to go after it or let a teammate clear it.

But entering the second half, Palmer said her team took on a much more resolved attitude knowing the entire season hung in the balance.

"Once they got up on us, we just hit a whole new, 'we got to get back into this game,' " Palmer said. "We had a good talk at halftime and right from there the girls came out and, man, we just couldn't put it away for a second. Their goalie -- I have to give her credit. She made a lot of great saves. And I'm just glad it went in our favor and we didn't go into shootout because that's never fun."

Senior Mariah Elmer took over in the second half despite constant cramping, leading a number of attacks. During a seven-minute span midway through the second half, Elmer fired off four shots with each finding a different way to not go in.

In the 71st minute, Fremont finally got one in on a crosser from Elmer to Andersen.

Fremont had multiple opportunities to win the game after tying the score and prior to the final minute of the second overtime, but Nielsen kept finding a way to keep the score even.

"The girls are excited and we're ready (for the semifinals)," Palmer said. "We're ready."

Fremont (15-3-0) will meet Brighton (14-2-1) at 3:45 p.m. in Tuesday's semifinals at Juan Diego High School's turf field.

The 5-A title game is set for Oct. 25 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

* BRIGHTON 4, DAVIS 0: At Salt Lake City, the Darts fell down by two in the first 15 minutes and couldn't get back into the contest.

Nadia Gomes scored twice and Stephanie Ringwood and Sydney Meyer also had goals for the Bengals.

The Darts' season ended with an 11-7-0 overall record.

* VIEWMONT 2, HILLCREST 2 (OT): At Sandy, defending state champion Viewmont advanced with an overtime goal from Madison Mitamura.

Abbie Flandro and Janna Wall also scored for the the Vikings (14-3-0), who will now take on Lone Peak, which upset Alta on PKs on Thursay afternoon.

The game is set for 6 p.m. next Tuesday at Juan Diego High.

4-A tournament

* SKYLINE 1, CLEARFIELD 0: At Salt Lake City, the Eagles were hoping not to suffer the fate of a few other favored teams in this year's state soccer tournaments.

But the visiting Falcons almost got the job done, battling Skyline to the final buzzer in Thursday's 4-A quarterfinals.

Bella Sorensen scored the game's lone goal in the first half and goalkeeper Hillary Weixler earned her ninth shutout of the season as Skyline advanced.

Clearfield keeper McKenna Sill and the rest of the defense, paced by Jennae Devereaux, kep the contest close. But the Falcons were unable to find the equalizer.

Clearfield finishes the season with a 13-5-0 overall record.

* TIMPANOGOS 2, BONNEVILLE 1: At Orem, a scoreless first half gave the Lakers hope for a second upset victory.

But Devri Hartle and Natalie Reynolds scored for Timpanogos out of Region 7, and the Lakers were unable to get it back to even.

Bailey Wooden scored for the Lakers, who finish the season with a, 8-8-2 overall mark.

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