Boys soccer: Ogden gets ‘wakeup call’ in win against Ben Lomond
After an Ogden High boys soccer player picked up a yellow card for a retaliation foul with the Tigers trailing Ben Lomond 1-0 early in the first half of their game Tuesday, Ogden junior captain Lincoln Barnes had a loud message for the team.
Barnes yelled at his teammates and told them to “stop playing like a bunch of babies,” and just play the game they were there to play after 15 minutes of the Scots controlling affairs.
Whether or not it was related to Barnes’ visible frustration, the Tigers had a 180-degree turnaround from that point. They leveled the score 1-1 soon after the yellow card, led 2-1 at halftime and beat their rival Ben Lomond 3-1 in the teams’ first of two meetings this season.
Angel Hernandez’s penalty kick gave the Scots a 1-0 lead after just three minutes and they controlled the first 10 or so minutes of the game while Ogden (6-1, 3-0 Region 13) simultaneously sleepwalked.
“We weren’t really awake, we started off slow, our warmup was a little off. We thought we had the game in the bag from the beginning,” Barnes said. “It was a good wakeup call. It kind of told us that we needed to step it up and start playing.
“We realized that this BL team is better than we thought, and we can’t underestimate anyone and we need to go 100% from the first whistle.”
Brigham Aardema’s goal in the 15th minute leveled the score at 1-1. After various yellow cards and corner kicks, Harrison Hoskins scored to make it 2-1 for Ogden when he converted a rebound chance with 10 seconds left in the first half.
Ty Robinson’s goal early in the second half effectively put things away as by that point, Ben Lomond’s attacking play had quieted down.
“Rivalry game, it’s always good to win this one. This one just has a special place in my heart,” Barnes said.
For Ben Lomond (2-5, 1-2), it was the second straight loss against teams considered to be the region favorites — Ogden and Morgan — which is a group the Scots think they can join.
“I think we’re pretty positive right now. Everything that these close losses have taught us is that they’re fixable, some of the issues that we have are fixable,” BL coach Torrey Sasaki said. “We know Morgan and Ogden, they’re the favorites and we want to be right there with them and both of these games have showed that we’re right there with them and the region’s wide open.”
The turf soccer field was flanked by snow berms on each sideline measuring 2 feet high in some places after school district workers plowed about a foot of snow off the field Monday.
Ogden played Grantsville here last week in a game that was delayed by lightning and finished with two inches of snow on the field. These are just two chapters in what’s been an active spring, a spring that Barnes thinks could yield good things for the Tigers.
“I have a good feeling about this squad. Our chemistry’s definitely a little bit better from last year, instead of a team we’re more of a family. Instead of putting together down, we pick each other up,” Barnes said.
The center referee issued around a dozen yellow cards Tuesday but the game’s temperature never appeared to rise to a hostile level, instead staying in line with the cold, blustery weather that rolled into Ogden at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Tigers will follow Tuesday’s rivalry game with a Thursday matchup against fellow first-place Region 13 team Morgan, weather permitting. Ben Lomond faces South Summit at home.
ST. JOSEPH 1, MORGAN 0
OGDEN — Gustavo Andrade kept a clean sheet and Daniel Fontes scored on a Carlos Garcia assist in the first half as St. Joseph (6-0) blanked Morgan (6-2).
Bonneville at Woods Cross: March 29, 3:30 p.m.
Northridge at Box Elder: April 26, 3:30 p.m.
FREMONT 9, SYRACUSE 2
PLAIN CITY — Fremont took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back as the Silverwolves opened region play with a win over Syracuse.
Logan Penland batted 4 for 4 with a triple, two RBIs and four runs scored for Fremont (3-2, 2-0 Region 1). Calvin Morrow went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Peyton Surrage hit 4 for 4 with a double and drove in three. Brigg Grange hit a two-run triple. Landon Salvesen earned the win with two hits and 10 strikeouts over five innings.
Kyson Curtis hit a double for Syracuse (1-6, 0-2). Jake Hopkins drove in one.
BEAR RIVER 11, LOGAN 1
GARLAND — Bear River scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to trigger the run rule in a region win over Logan.
Ryker Jeppsen batted 2 for 2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored for Bear River (3-2, 1-0 Region 11). Gehrig Marble hit a double and a single and drove in one. Talon Marble batted 2 for 3 and drove in one. Degan Rigby pitched a complete game with three hits and eight strikeouts.
SUMMIT ACADEMY 3, MORGAN 0
BLUFFDALE — JJ Compton hit 2 for 3 with a double in a non-region loss for Morgan (0-6). Camron Talbot pitched five innings and allowed one earned run.
Layton and Weber will play a doubleheader on March 29 at 2 p.m. at Fremont High.
Ogden and South Summit, whose three-game series was snowed out last week, will contest a doubleheader on Saturday, April 1, at Grantsville.
SCORES, NO STATS REPORTED
Hunter 25, Roy 5
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.