WASHINGTON TERRACE — Bonneville senior goalkeeper Ashley Croyle was, for lack of a better phrase, not happy.
With the Lakers leading Mountain View 1-0 in the second half Wednesday, Croyle was whistled for a penalty on a foul she and the Bonneville coaches disagreed with.
Whatever the referee saw, the ball must have felt differently. The ensuing penalty kick missed wide to the left, the Lakers (15-1-1) scored a minute later and they coasted to a 3-0, opening-round win over the visiting Bruins in the first round of the 4A girls soccer state playoffs.
"We played our game, but definitely think (the penalty miss) gave us a spark because, 'oh, she missed' and we were celebrating that we still had the shutout," Croyle said.
Karly Conolly gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead at halftime, controlling a throw-in, turning and firing a shot that the keeper got a hand to, but not enough to stop it.
The same Bonneville lineup that thrashed and frustrated team after team this year did the same thing to the Bruins it has done to everyone else. Every time a Mountain View player touched the ball, a Bonneville player either took it away or made life difficult.
That's why the Bruins hardly tested Croyle until early in the second half, but the senior was alert and held on to a short-range shot off a set piece.
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"We work on defensive intensity, taking away the options, pressure all over," head coach Robert McDaniel said.
After the penalty kick, Bonneville found the pass it had been looking for to unlock the Mountain View defense. Abby Kunzler's cross from the right side missed Izzy Togisala and the Bruins' keeper, but Hayden Rupe was waiting and tapped the ball into an open net.
Bailey Hassell scored in the 68th minute with a low shot the keeper got a hand to but couldn't keep out.
The Lakers' reward for their co-region championship, No. 2 seed and first-round win is a trip to Region 12 champion Logan on Saturday.
The Grizzlies haven't lost since Aug. 16 and have allowed just nine goals all year, a comparable defensive stat to Bonneville, which has allowed eight goals this year.
OGDEN 3, SALEM HILLS 1
Ogden (10-6-1) went on the road and upset second-seeded Salem Hills on Wednesday. The Tigers trailed 1-0 in the seventh minute until two Kadrey Howell goals before halftime gave Ogden a 2-1 lead at the break.
Lexie Colvin capped the scoring with a goal in the 59th minute. Ogden visits Region 9 champion Snow Canyon on Saturday.
MORGAN 5, PROVIDENCE HALL 1
Morgan dispatched Providence Hall to advance to the 3A state quarterfinals. The Trojans will play at Manti on Saturday. Stats were not reported.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Region 11 championships
Ogden senior Kalii Caldwell edged teammate Bonita Gray to win the girls' 3-mile race at Wednesday's Region 11 championships as the Tigers dominated the field to win the team title.
Kate Allred finished in third place, Katie Crabtree was fifth and Brooke Larson took 12th place for the Tigers, who had 23 points and blew away second-place Stansbury, which had 64 points.
Bonneville finished fourth, led by Kate Peterson in ninth place.
In the boys' 3-mile race, Bonneville finished second in the team standings to Stansbury. The Lakers had four runners in the top 10: Ayden Womack (second), Jared Wayment (third), Nathan Williams (fourth) and Jorge Vasquez (eighth).
Ogden's Christopher Allred finished fifth and Hite Stromberg took ninth. The Tigers were fourth as a team. Ben Lomond's high finisher was Joshua Medsker in 17th place as the Scots took sixth place.
Region 13 championships
Morgan freshman Sophie Earley won the girls' 3-mile race by nearly 37 seconds as the Trojans won the Region 13 championship by 17 points over Judge Memorial.
Fellow freshman Kate Heywood finished third, Bella Porter was fourth, Elaina Halls took seventh and Ella Stevenson finished in eighth place to round out the Morgan contingent.
The Morgan boys also won the region title, grabbing five of the top seven spots en route to a close win over Grantsville. Carson Wilkins finished in second place, followed by Sanford Porter (fourth), Kaleb Bowles (fifth), Gabe Sargent (sixth) and Tony Nicoletti (seventh).