WASHINGTON TERRACE — The Bonneville High girls soccer team may have lost its first region game of the season Monday, but it didn’t lose control of its destiny.
With two games this week against Park City and a game in hand over Ogden, the only team the Lakers need to worry about down the home stretch as they challenge for the region title is themselves.
Wednesday against Park City, Bonneville played like a team that hadn’t lost any confidence, overwhelming the Miners 8-2.
Bonneville led 4-0 at halftime, added a fifth goal in the first three minutes of the second half and responded to Park City’s first goal of the game in the 48th minute with two goals over the ensuing five minutes.
A Lakers goal was wiped away midway through the second half, but less than two minutes later, the Lakers scored again.
“At practice … we all just got together and we just said we have everything we need to win out the rest of the season,” senior center back Bryce Reynolds said. “We just collectively decided we’re going to give 100 percent every single game, and we just came out and kind of blew them out of the water.”
Jaycee Stein said high pressure, in addition to motivation, was the key. She scored on a header in the first minute of the game and had a hat trick by halftime.
“It’s a great feeling that everyone should have and I’m glad I got to share it with my team,” Stein said of the accomplishment.
Five Lakers scored goals, including defender Hailey Price. Bailey Hassell scored twice and Isabel Togisala and Hayden Rupe also added goals. Togisala’s goal was her 13th of the season.
Both Park City goals were scored by Mckenna Doilney.
Bonneville (10-2-1, 8-1-0 Region 11) took a two-point advantage over Park City (8-3-1, 7-1-1) with the victory. The Lakers have 24 points. The two teams will meet again Saturday at Park City — a game rescheduled from earlier this season because of the Uintah fire.
Bonneville coach Rob McDaniel said he’s sure Park City will make adjustments and come out with more intensity and that he’s “not looking forward to that trip.”
“They’re going to be tough at home, very tough at home, so we can’t let down one bit or else it’ll come back up and bite us,” McDaniel said.
OGDEN 2, JUAN DIEGO 2
DRAPER — Ogden took a 1-0 halftime lead but had to settle for a draw.
Alysia Butters and Kamryn Eden each scored for the Tigers.
Ogden (10-3-1, 8-2-1 Region 11) has 25 points to lead the region but has only one game remaining, while second-place Bonneville, one point behind, has three games remaining.