LAYTON — At 1:12 p.m., Jesus Tomasi came running down the asphalt walkway into Layton Christian’s football stadium wearing his full uniform and street shoes.
Tomasi put his soccer cleats on and ran to the field to join the LCA boys soccer team, which was in a huddle.
Thankfully for him, the game didn’t kick off for another few minutes instead of the previously scheduled 1 p.m.
As the Eagles (16-0-1) have done in most of their games this season, they scored a bunch of goals in a matter of minutes — and sometimes seconds — en route to blasting Diamond Ranch Academy 8-0 at home in Saturday’s 2A boys soccer state quarterfinals.
In the space of just more than 10 minutes, Mario Franco had a shot go off the post, Chris Park had a shot saved, Rafael Silverio cleaned up a rebound in the fifth minute for a 1-0 lead, Fredrico Tremonti stabbed home a cross into an open net, then Silverio converted a penalty kick to make it 3-0.
“We’ve been blessed this year. I’ve been coaching for 14 years here, I’ve never seen a team love each other as much as this team, not even the 2017 team we won (the) state (championship) with,” head coach Chris Tatro said.
Tomasi cleaned up a rebound after a Tremonti shot deflected off a defender and the crossbar (4-0), Franco flicked the ball into the box with his head and Tomasi scored again from a couple yards out (5-0).
Franco provided the cross for Silverio’s third goal (6-0), then Franco made it 7-0 in first-half stoppage time from a Tomasi cross on a 4-on-2 opportunity.
Think of it this way: the overwhelming majority of the game was played with all 11 DRA players in their own half and LCA’s starting keeper Matheus Silva didn’t touch the ball until the 26th minute.
Or, think of it this way: Tatro fielded a team with mostly substitutes in the second half and when Ruan Torres converted a 73rd-minute penalty kick to invoke the eight-goal mercy rule and end the game, it was one of the longest games the Eagles have played all year.
“We start from the coin flip — seriously — we take the advantage: sun, wind everything you can imagine, field condition, try to take that to our advantage right from the very beginning,” Tatro said.
To add insult to the injury of losing by mercy rule and having to drive four-plus hours home, two DRA players were shown straight red cards in the second half.
The 2A classification presents the widest spectrum of competition in terms of matching rural, public schools against urban private schools and charter schools.
Last week, the Eagles and their mostly international roster (Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, South Korea and the United States are just some of the countries represented) thrashed Parowan — the only high school in a city of around 3,000 people — 10-0.
Saturday’s win came against Diamond Ranch, a residential treatment center for troubled teenagers that costs several thousand dollars per month to attend and is located in Hurricane, a short drive from Zion National Park.
Next Thursday at 5 p.m. in the state semifinals at Juan Diego Catholic High, LCA faces Millard High, which is the only high school in a city of around 2,500 people.
On Saturday, Millard was a 1-0 winner against The Waterford School, which is a private school in Salt Lake County.
2A: ROWLAND HALL 4,
ST. JOSEPH 0
St. Joseph allowed two goals in each half in a loss to Rowland Hall in the 2A boys soccer state playoffs. The Jayhawks finish the season with an overall record of 10-3-1.
3A: ALA 2, MORGAN 1
Top-seeded American Leadership scored two second-half goals to reverse Morgan’s 1-0 halftime lead and end the Trojans’ season in the 3A state quarterfinals. Morgan finishes with an overall record of 9-6-2.
CARBON 8, MORGAN 7
MORGAN 7, DELTA 6
Carbon scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good and beat Morgan (10-14) in the teams’s first-round 3A state playoff game at Richfield High.
Colton Hatt hit two doubles and drove in three runs. Dexter Gilson homered, batted 2 for 4 and drove in two for the Trojans. Garrett Spens batted 2 for 4.
Against Delta in the loser’s bracket, Alex Harden hit a walk-off RBI single to give Morgan a 7-6 win. Spens hit 2 for 4. The Trojans will continue through the loser’s bracket next week.
LAYTON CHRISTIAN 4
Layton Christian lost in the first round of the 2A state baseball playoffs in a game at Milford High School. The Eagles season concludes as the first round of the 2A playoffs are single-elimination.
SOUTH SEVIER 8,
MORGAN 5, DELTA 0
South Sevier scored seven runs in the fifth inning to hand Morgan (16-10) a first-round 3A state playoff defeat. Haylee Pickrell batted 3 for 3. Pickrell and Karly Peterson each doubled.
Against Delta in the loser’s bracket, Peterson threw a one-hit shutout in four innings as Morgan won 5-0. The game ended early due to an injury to Delta’s pitcher.
The Trojans are still alive in the playoffs and will continue through the loser’s bracket next week.