5A soccer: Northridge nets golden goal on Taylorsville
Taylorsville • Rachel Trommlitz felt a brush of air as the ball whizzed by her head mid-leap.
As she came down to the ground, she looked for where Dusty Taylor's curving corner kick had come to rest.
"I wasn't really sure whether it had been knocked around or what," she said. "And then I saw it in the goal."
The Northridge Knights began to shout, celebrating their 3-2 double-overtime victory over home team Taylorsville in the first round of the Class 5A girls soccer playoffs. The Knights couldn't have cut it any closer if they had tried: They struck the tying goal with seconds left in regulation, then came up with a golden goal as the time was expiring on the second overtime period.
"I thought we were the better team, but Taylorsville played really hard, and it almost cost us," Northridge coach Morgan Taylor said. "We had a lot of chances, but I think excitement got the better of us a lot of the time."
The Knights needed a sliding goal from Trommlitz to keep their season alive. The senior's desperate shot found its way past the Taylorsville defense and rocketed into the net. The game went to overtime less than a minute later.
Before the equalizer, nearly two dozen chances had gone wide, bounced off the frame or were saved by Warriors goalkeeper Angel Bickley. When the Knights had gone up 1-0 thanks to Ricci Adams, it took less than a minute for Natasha Howard to score on the other end.
Howard gave the Warriors the lead 15 minutes later when her free kick squirted through Josie Manwill's legs, which put Northridge in panic mode.
Taylorsville coach West Bludworth thought the referees had allowed the final overtime to go almost a minute longer than it should have, giving Northridge the time it needed to come up with Taylor's winner.
"We weren't ready for the season to be over," Bludworth said. "I think we showed we could've won, and in some ways we probable should've."
Brighton 2, Riverton 0
Mati Long and Steph Ringwood came through with goals for the Bengals in a shutout victory.
Davis 14, Hunter 0
The Darts overwhelmed the Wolverines with a 12-0 halftime lead. Five players scored two goals apiece.
Viewmont 3, Weber 1
Abbie Flandro scored a pair of second-half goals to break a tie with the Warriors.
Lone Peak 2, Jordan 1
Wesley Hamblin scored the winner as the Knights held off the Beetdiggers in the second half.
Bingham 2, Cottonwood 1
Kaitlyn Stainbrook and Hayden Olsen scored goals for the Miners to break a second-half tie.
Alta 5, Lehi 0
Sydney Fitzpatrick led the defending champion Hawks with a pair of goals, and Elyssa Hashimoto notched a shutout.
Fremont 5, West 1
Sisters Mikayla and Mariah Elmer combined for three goals for the Silverwolves.
5A quarterfinals schedule
All games at 4 p.m. (subject to change)
• Brighton at Davis
• Lone Peak at Viewmont
• Northridge at Bingham
• Fremont at Alta