Woods Cross• So much for Region One’s domination of Class 5A soccer.
Viewmont came into the state meet unbeaten and favored. When league cohorts Layton and Fremont earned spots in the semifinals, that position seemed even more solid.
But in what coach Paul Mozier called the biggest soccer victory in school history, Riverton shocked Viewmont 2-0 in the semifinals Tuesday to earn a spot in Thursday’s 7 p.m. state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Nicholas Tanner and Richard Anderson scored second-half goals and Silverwolves goalie Parker Seegmiller recorded his state-high 11th shutout.
Viewmont put tremendous pressure on Seegmiller throughout the second half, testing him with shot after shot, but the goalie had an answer for everything.
“They were pushing three and four guys up on that back line,” said Mozier. “They kept us pinned back for a lot of the half.”
But despite the Vikes’ Lucas Cawley coming within inches of a score when he hit the post, Seegmiller and his defenders managed to keep Viewmont scoreless.
“I just wanted it to be over, to be honest with you,” said Seegmiller, who survived all sorts of pressure on a hot, windy day on the turf at Woods Cross High School.
Riverton entered the game with a 16-2 record. That included a win over Alta, the only team that managed to blemish Viewmont’s unbeaten record with an early-season tie.
Fremont 1, Layton 0 • The third time wasn’t the charm for Layton, but the Lancers did keep it close.
Fremont beat the Lancers for the third time this season in a tight, physical contest between Region One rivals to set up a Silverwolves versus Silverwolves — Fremont against Riverton — for the 5A title.
Fremont’s Parker Praetor scored the first goal 14 minutes into the game and, despite some scares, goalie Brayden Nielsen made it hold up. The Silverwolves missed several opportunities late to ice it, keeping this one exciting to the final seconds.
5A boys’ soccer championship
P Riverton vs. Fremont7 p.m. Thursday
At Rio Tinto Stadium