Highland • On one hand, if Lone Peak hadn’t been awarded a penalty kick, Riverton would have had its fifth shutout of the season.
On the other hand, the Knights watched two golden opportunities slip through their hands in overtime that kept them from getting a win.
There were no smiles and there were no tears.
That’s what a tie will do.
Lone Peak opened Region 4 boys' soccer play with a 1-1 tie against Riverton on Wednesday afternoon.
“I don’t know if you’re ever happy with a tie, but I’m glad we didn’t lose,” Lone Peak coach Blaine Hale said. “We had two opportunities in overtime, we just didn’t bury them. We had 26 or 28 shots, and we should have put in one of those as well.”
Riverton threatened in the first half and had some dangerous opportunities like a Sage Pemberton near miss.
The Silverwolves then broke through for the first goal of the game at the 18:30 mark in the first half.
Lone Peak was whistled for a foul that Riverton fans believed occurred in the box and wanted a penalty kick.
The ball instead was placed a yard outside the box, and the Silverwolves were awarded a free kick.
It was just as good for Riverton’s Tanner Sylvies, who found the left corner of the net just past the reach of Lone Peak goalie Brad Clark.
It looked like that would be all Riverton needed, but the Knights got a penalty kick with nine minutes left in regulation. Patrick Fuchs cashed in the opportunity to tie the game.
Once the game advanced to overtime, it took a pair of super saves from both of Riverton’s keepers to keep the Knights off the board. Brady Slack and Parker Seegmiller each turned away a pair of shots from Nathan Walton to keep the game tied.
“On the road and on this turf, which we’re not used to playing on, I think a tie is a great result," Riverton coach Paul Moizer said. "I’m really pleased with that. Defensively they were very tight today, and they played solid the whole time. They got a lot of shots, but those shots were from distance and it gave our goalie a good look.”