DRAPER -- For the first 50 minutes of Fremont's state 5-A girls soccer semifinal contest with Brighton at Juan Diego High School on Tuesday, it seemed like just a matter of time before the flood gates would open for the Silver Wolves.
The flood gates finally opened, but not in the way fans of Fremont (15-4) had anticipated.
Brighton's Nadia Gomes led a furious 15-minute second-half charge, securing a hat trick and an assist, as the Bengals (15-2-1) decimated Fremont 5-0 in the Silver Wolves' first state semifinal appearance since 2009.
With Mariah Elmer leading the Fremont offensive attack, the Silver Wolves saw a number of runs and scoring opportunities come up painfully empty before Brighton got on the scoreboard. Two Elmer strikes -- each in the second half -- nailed the crossbar.
The first goal seemed to be all Brighton needed to send Fremont into a tailspin. Fremont, which had effectively blanketed Gomes the entire first half, was helpless to stop the bleeding.
"Unfortunately we weren't able to get a goal first," Fremont coach Tiva Palmer said. "Obviously we had more opportunities. We just didn't put them away and when Brighton put theirs away, we put our head down a little and then they got another one real quick which caused me to have to push my girls up top."
Gomes scored her first two goals in the 52nd and 53rd minutes of the second half, accounted for an assist to Sydney Meyers in the 64th minute and finished off the hat trick after finding herself all alone in a one-on-one with Fremont goalkeeper Alexis Burnett in the 67th.
"We just said, 'watch her, she's fast, and just make sure she doesn't turn the ball,' and unfortunately we let her turn a couple times and she punished us for it." Palmer said.
Jayde Jones finished off the scoring with a strike from 28 feet out in the 72nd minute.
Fremont and Brighton battled evenly for possessions in the first half, although Fremont held a clear advantage with actual scoring opportunities.
Silver Wolves' midfielder Felicia Terry had Fremont's first solid opportunity in the seventh minute after dribbling the ball into the corner and sending a crosser just begging to be connected with. Without a Fremont attacker close enough though, the ball skidded harmlessly through.
Elmer had another opportunity for Fremont minutes later after breaking away and getting a clean look at the goal, but sent her shot just barely past the goal wide right.
Late in the first half, Elmer tried to sneak a pass to Taylor Bonham, but Bonham was unable to catch up to the pass in the box.
Elmer took a chance from 30 yards out in the 41st minute, but blistered it off the crossbar. 10 minutes later, with the score still knotted at zero, Elmer forced Brighton's Raquel Watt into a turnover, but once again hit the crossbar.
This was Fremont's second match against Brighton this season. Brighton defeated Fremont 3-1 on Aug. 22.
* VIEWMONT 1, LONE PEAK 0: At Draper,
Kaitlyn Palmer scored in the 54th minute and a determined Haley Johnson recorded her 11th shutout in style as Viewmont edged Lone Peak 1-0 in the 5-A semifinals at Juan Diego High School on Tuesday.
Viewmont (15-3), defending its state championship from last year, will be making its fourth consecutive appearance at Rio Tinto Stadium and will try to knock off Brighton (15-2-1). The Bengals punched their championship ticket with a 5-0 shutout over Fremont earlier in the day.
"It's just special," Viewmont coach Emalee Tate said. "This is only my second year at Viewmont and the coach before me, Eric Landon, did such a fantastic job preparing the girls. Obviously getting there twice before I was there and just really [setting] a standard that the girls have lived up to and have continued to live up to year after year after year. Now it's something that they expect out of themselves."
Johnson and the Viewmont defense, which finished the regular season tied for second in 5-A in goals allowed per game (0.73), stifled Lone Peak all evening. Then, in a critical moment in the contest's 75th minute, Johnson displayed full extension going to her left to snatch a shot seemingly destined for the top corner of the net.
Five minutes earlier, Johnson caught a shot blistered off a set piece from 32 yards out.
"I'm never nervous when I'm in the zone," Johnson said. "When I'm in the zone, I don't even think of anything else. I just think of the ball coming into my hands. Catch the ball [and] don't let it go."
The championship game will be a rematch of the 2010 championship where Brighton defeated Viewmont 1-0. Brighton also knocked off Viewmont earlier this season 4-1 back on Aug. 20.