Sandy • The look on Katie Henderson’s face after she scored Friday was equal parts elation and surprise.
Elation, in that her goal 19 seconds into the second half broke a scoreless tie and proved to be the winner as Timpanogos beat Skyline 1-0 in the Class 4A girls’ soccer state championship game.
Surprise, in that the crossing pass missed the foot of teammate Amanda Marshall and landed on her doorstep. Henderson sure knew what to do with the opportunity.
“I couldn’t believe I had just scored,” the senior midfielder said. “It was awesome. It was amazing.”
The sound of Henderson’s foot meeting the ball echoed throughout the stadium, then was washed away by a wave of cheers from the Timpanogos fans.
There was little doubt it would result in a score as Henderson approached the loose ball at the top of the goal box. Henderson made sure of it with a rocket that just might have gone through Skyline goalkeeper Hillary Weixler had she been anywhere in the vicinity.
“I knew I needed to hit it low and in the corner, and that’s what I focused on,” Henderson said. “And that’s what happened. ... It was so surreal, I couldn’t even believe it for a second.”
Timpanogos (16-1-1) won its third state title in five years and became the 12th team to win at least three state crowns since the sport began in 1989. It won in 2009 and beat Skyline in the 2011 final.
Skyline (18-2) struggled to find a flow on offense after it challenged Timpanogos goalkeeper Sydney Oldroyd in the opening minutes.
“We came out and were just a little too settled,” Timpanogos coach Natalyn Lewis said. “I worked hard to keep them settled because I didn’t want them to freak out.
“We played a little flat and they just came at us right from the beginning of the game.
“I felt like they beat us the first half, we beat them the second half.”
Skyline’s only other loss was against Timpanogos — a 4-3 overtime defeat Aug. 27. The teams split two Region 7 meetings in the regular season and shared the region title.
Timpanogos 1, Skyline 0
O Timapanogos wins its third state title in five years in a rematch of the 2011 final.
• Timpanogos senior Katie Henderson, the niece of coach Natalyn Lewis, scores the winning goal 19 seconds into the second half.