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Bonneville girls soccer loses heartbreaker in 5A semifinals against Lehi

By Patrick Carr - | Oct 19, 2021

Patrick Carr, Standard-Examiner

Bonneville and Lehi High girls soccer players go up for the ball during the 5A state semifinals at Juan Diego High in Draper on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

DRAPER — The German language has an interesting vocabulary, with long words that describe very specific feelings and emotions.

Whatever German word there is to aptly describe “even more stunned heartbreak than previous experiences” is probably the only way to describe what happened Tuesday to the Bonneville High girls soccer team in its state semifinal against Lehi at Juan Diego High School.

“This one’s a tough one to swallow. It’s one where they really started to believe that they should and could be in the state championship,” Lakers coach Tyler Anderson said.

The No. 2 Lakers and No. 6 Pioneers ended regulation tied 1-1 and went to extra time. The end of the first period of extra time came and the PA announcer began a countdown: “10…9…8…7…”

Lehi’s Calista Wren had the ball and an open shot as the PA announcer got down to “3.” Wren shot it from long distance and that’s where the bad break for Bonneville happened: the ball went through goalkeeper Ellie Scholer’s legs and in.

It set off a wild celebration on the Lehi side that just won 2-1 to advance to Friday’s state title game, and a scene of stunned heartbreak and silence on the Lakers side that couldn’t believe what just happened.

Every Bonneville player that was on the field either hit the turf or stood completely still.

The Lakers (16-3) controlled affairs in the first half and had a handful of good chances, but didn’t convert.

In the 62nd minute, Lehi’s Wren lined up a shot from 32 yards out that went over Scholer’s head and in for a Pioneers goal.

Not even 60 seconds after Wren’s goal, Rylee Lopaz scored for the Lakers to tie it 1-1. Sadie Beardall left a short pass ahead for Lopaz on the right and Lopaz hit what looked like a cross to the back post.

Patrick Carr, Standard-Examiner Bonneville’s Sadie Beardall (right) attempts a shot against Lehi goalkeeper Hayley Ogden in the 5A state semifinals at Juan Diego High on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2020.

Whether it was intended to be a cross or not, it found the back corner. That was the last of Bonneville’s control on the game in the second half as Lehi manufactured numerous chances the final 15 minutes of regulation on breakaways and corner kicks.

In the end, the missed chances came back to haunt the Lakers when the bad break happened and, for the third season in a row, they lost on a golden goal deep in the playoffs. In both 2019 and 2020, they lost the state title games on golden goals in extra time.

This year, they won’t get the chance to play in Rio Tinto Stadium at all.

Three of the four semifinals contested Tuesday at Juan Diego went to extra time: both 6A games and the Bonneville-Lehi game.

The other 5A semifinal ended as a 3-2 win for Skyline against Timpanogos, so a neutral fan probably would’ve had a good time.

All three extra-time games ended in losses for the Northern Utah trio of schools (Bonneville, Layton and Syracuse) that were still left in their respective state tournament brackets.

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