As the Region 1 No. 4 seed last year, the Vikings were in position to head to the 5A state soccer finals, and won 1-0 on an overtime goal.
Tuesday night at Juan Diego Catholic High School, the Vikings were again in position to head to the 5A state girls soccer finals.
Only this time they didn’t need an overtime period, just the 80 minutes of game time in order to take down the Lone Peak Knights 3-0.
“We didn’t know much about them,” said Viewmont coach Eric Landon. “It was a figuring out process for the first 20 minutes and then we took care of our chances.”
The Vikings first chance came in the first half, where they’ve dominated opponents all season.
On a throw in by the Lady Vikes, midfielder Krissy Page was able to get possession of the ball and fired the initial Vikings goal past the Knights goal keeper for the only goal they needed in the game.
But just eight minutes later, the Vikings struck again when Sara Lorscheider picked up an assist after passing the ball to Ali Forsberg.
Forsberg was able to fire in the Lady Vikes second goal and Viewmont ended the first half with a 2-0 lead.
No stranger to the competition, nor the ability to stop the ball from crossing the goal line, was Alex Cook.
The goal keeper for Viewmont in last year’s title game team, Cook was all over the net snagging shots from Lone Peak and denying them even a chance at getting on the score board.
“She’s been great for us all season,” said Landon. “She comes up big for us when we need it and she made some great saves for us out there tonight.”
With the Knights down the pair of goals at the start of the second half, the game began to get more physical.
Hard elbows and slides were aplenty during the second 40 minutes of play as Lone Peak kept trying to peel away at the Lady Vikings’ lead.
But the Viewmont defense, combined with the play of Cook, kept the Knights off the score board for the entire game as they matched the Knights in physicality.
Ending all chances at a comeback, Courtney Wallis fired in the Lady Vikes third goal in the 65th minute to finish the game.
The Region 2 champion Vikings easily dispatched most of their opponents during the regular season, taking the region title with games to spare while not being able to finish games thanks to the new “mercy rule” for soccer.
The new rule, implemented this year, states that any team down by more than eight goals in the first 50 minutes would not play the final 30 minutes of the game.
Viewmont implemented the rule six times in their 10 region games.
The 5A state finals will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday, with the game kicking off at 7 p.m.
Their opponent will be the Alta Hawks, who beat the Davis Darts 3-0 in the other semi-final game.