For rivals Bountiful and Woods Cross, the schedule couldn’t have been better as the two squared off at Woods Cross with the Braves getting the chance to win at least a share of the Region 6 crown.
Thanks to a pair of late goals by Shaylee Petersen and Elena Medeiros in the second half, the Braves were able to outlast the Wildcats 3-1.
They await East’s final game, which will be played Saturday, to determine whether or not they will share the region crown or have it outright.
Both the Braves and the Wildcats played to a scoreless tie after the first half, with both teams showing some aggressiveness at the net.
Both goal keepers – Carly Longhurst for Bountiful and Aubree Peterson for Woods Cross – repeatedly showed the crowd that they were up to the task of stopping their opponent.
Both of them played aggressively when the ball came their direction, stopping any opportunities that might have turned into goals.
That all ended in the second half, however. In the 52nd minute, Paige Hunt, a senior captain on the team, was awarded a penalty kick after being fouled inside the box.
She turned her opportunity into a goal to give the Braves a brief lead.
After Kyra Fawcett scored the equalizer in the 72nd minute, the Braves scored a pair of goals in the closing minutes to seal the win.
In the 79th minute, roughly five minutes away from going into overtime, Petersen scored the go-ahead goal to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.
Less than one minute later, Medeiros scored to extend the lead to 3-1 and the game ended soon after.
Bountiful will enter the 4A state soccer tournament riding a seven game winning streak. The team’s lone loss of the season came at the hands of East, however, the Lady Braves can still claim at least a share of the region title.
Woods Cross finished third in Region 6 this season behind the Braves and Leopards, and could still make the state playoffs.
The Wildcats won three of their last five games, but lost all four region games to East and Bountiful this season.