BOUNTIFUL — With every passing second, the scoreboard clock carved deeper into the afternoon sky Friday.
Regulation time rolled relentlessly — 78 ... 79 ... 80 minutes.
The first extra-time period came to a close — 88 ... 89 ... 90 ticks.
Still Viewmont and Roy played on into the second extra session — 98 ... 99 ... 100.
Finally, it was anticlimactically over, as is the case when two teams tie 0-0 and come away feeling like they left it all on the field but failed to finish it off.
There were shots to be made but, in the end, goalies Josh Varley of Viewmont and Roy’s Hudson Bodily recorded a clean sheet for their teams.
“Our back line did a good job and made it less of a hassle to make saves,” Varley said. “It’s still early in the season and we have a lot to improve on.”
“Neither team could put it in the back of the net,” Bodily said. “Everyone worked hard for it but, in the end, the keepers are the ones that make the game change — or not.”
After a listless first half, Roy (5-4-1, 1-2-1 Region 5) came out and had two shots on goal in the first three minutes, but Varley turned them away.
Viewmont (6-0-3, 3-0-1) got a good look at the 45-minute mark, but Bodily was up to the task.
Roy just missed on frame at the 70-minute milestone and the teams trudged into extra time scoreless.
“Viewmont is a very, very good team. We knew that coming in, so we’re happy with the way our boys played,” Roy coach Craig Charlesworth said. “We wanted to play our style and did a good job and took them out of their game.”
The Vikings just missed in the first extra-time play, banging one off the yellow football goalpost that runs just above the crossbar and into the net — but there was no controversy as the post was clearly shaking in its shoes.
“For us, it’s about being consistent for the whole 80 minutes and not fall into lulls; play the way we train and want to play,” Viewmont coach Spencer Keddington said. “I thought we were a little tired at the end.”
Roy had one last look in the 98th minute but again narrowly came away empty-handed.
Both coaches echoed the same sentiment at the end: Keddington saying “a tie is better than a loss” and Charlesworth adding “it’s a good score to come here (on the road) and not get beat.”
Viewmont has allowed two total goals in nine contests this season.