DRAPER — The first 15 minutes of the match between Woods Cross and Bonneville in the 4A girls’ soccer semi-final was fast-paced with quick scoring.
In that time, Bonneville’s Sienna Thornock and Lexie Stratford, and Woods Cross’ Kyra Fawcett, each scored a goal for their respective teams to make the score 2-1.
The score remained that way until the second half, when Thornock kicked in her second goal of the game to lift the Lakers to the 4A finals, downing the Wildcats 3-1 at Juan Diego Catholic High School Tuesday afternoon.
“The semi-finals are just tough to lose,” said Wildcats’ coach David Newman. “It doesn’t matter whether you were expected or not expected to be here. I think some people might say we didn’t play quite as well as we could have played, but they’re a big, fast team.”
Thornock put the first goal on the board with a fifth-minute score off a set piece from outside the box. The ball went past a diving Aubree Peterson.
Within two minutes Woods Cross’ Kyra Fawcett and Amanda Lund responded by teaming up to score the game-tying goal off a set piece that tied the game at 1-1. Lund’s goal was set up after Bonneville was called for a foul from between midfield and the box. Fawcett took the free kick, sending the ball to the senior and past Bonneville’s goalkeeper to tie the match.
In the 15th minute, however, Bonneville went ahead for good when Lexie Stratford scored from the top of the box, making the score 2-1. Woods Cross was not done pressuring the Lakers, however. They had three good opportunities to score the equalizer before half.
The attacks came up empty, however, and the Lakers led by a single goal after the first half.
“We’ve had to battle through the playoffs this season,” said Newman. “We had to battle Hillcrest at their place from a goal down and also had to battle our way back from a goal down against Box Elder last week, and we won both games in overtime.”
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