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Boys soccer playoffs: Bonneville edges Skyline 3-2 for first-round victory

By BOB JUDSON - Special to the Standard-Examiner | May 10, 2024

WASHINGTON TERRACE — Friday’s first round game in the high school boys 5A state soccer tournament between Bonneville and Skyline featured teams with double-digit seeds and single-digit wins.

With teams fairly paired by RPI, the No. 15 Lakers found the bracket to their liking, taking down the No. 18 Eagles 3-2 and advancing to the second round, scheduled for May 14 at No. 2 East.

Tied 2-2 in the second half, Bonneville sophomore Jordan Uitdenbogaard scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 58th minute off an assist from senior captain Sam Richards.

“The keeper came out and I saw an opening and hit it. I thought I was offsides for a second,” Uitdenbogaard said. “I was like, ‘someone’s got to show up’ and I did. It’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had.”

Uitdenbogaard didn’t play as a freshman so he made the most of his initial opportunity in a playoff environment.

“Just work hard. I haven’t played much varsity. It was the most nervous I’ve ever felt; the first five minutes were pretty bad. Other than that, I was pretty calm,” Uitdenbogaard said.

Bonneville (8-7) dented the scoreboard in the opening minutes on a goal by Ashton Duran and, when Colby Stone tallied another midway through the half, the Lakers were cruising up 2-0.

But Skyline (5-10) countered with two scores in the final 20 minutes to knot things 2-2 at the half.

“We got a little too confident with a 2-0 lead; that’s the most dangerous lead,” Bonneville keeper Fabian Serrato Ruiz said. “You never want to go 2-0; you want to go 3-0. You’ve always got to be ready and unfortunately we weren’t today. They got a lot of momentum so we had a game.”

Halftime fortuitously came, the Lakers righted their ship, shut out Skyline out after the break and secured the win on Uitdenbogaard’s big goal.

“I told the team, ‘let’s come out like we did in the first 20 minutes of the first half,'” Ruiz said. “We were looking back over our shoulder on defense a bit, but overall did a pretty good job.”

Uitdenbogaard agreed, adding “we were confident for the most part. We knew we could win this game … more intensity. Play good defense and stay calm.”

Side note for those caught up in the huge traffic jams across the area Friday afternoon caused by a crash on Interstate 15: the game started more than 30 minutes late because the referees were stuck in the mess like everyone else.

Once the final whistle blew, the Lakers immediately began preparations for their huge task against East next week.

“Rest up this weekend; come out Monday, practice hard and get focused up. We have a big one coming on Tuesday,” Ruiz said.

“They’re a tough team, but if we come out hard, I think we have a chance against them,” Uitdenbogaard echoed.

SCORES, NO STATS REPORTED

No. 16 Layton 2, No. 17 Westlake 1 (6A first round)

No. 12 Hillcrest 3, No. 21 Bear River 0 (4A first round)

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