Lone Peak wins region title
Highland • With Lehi holding a one-goal lead for the majority of Tuesday's Region 4 soccer match, the Lone Peak Knights felt their grip on a region title slipping away. Ball after ball was either possessed or intercepted by Lehi's back line, and shots were thwarted by the sure hands of Pioneer goalkeeper Taylor Watkins.
As the game worked itself past the 80th minute, Lone Peak found another gear, dropping three goals in a furious five-minute stretch that earned the Knights a 3-1 win and sole possession of the Region 4 championship.
"Lehi was really, really good today and I think our late goals are a reflection of how hard this team has worked, and how much we wanted it," said senior Brody Berry, who scored the go-ahead goal.
Playing on the road, Lehi showed early aggression. The Pioneers scored early when Wesley Crump feathered a pass to Caide Ramos for a goal and a 1-0 Pioneer lead.
Lone Peak had looks in the first half, but not the kind of looks the coaching staff wanted.
"We looked at the possession numbers and we were below fifty percent, but what really stood out was we had just one shot on goal," said Knights coach Blaine Hale.
With about 12 minutes remaining, Lone Peak had a good look on free kick from Conner Hutchison. Several minutes later it was back-to-back corner kicks, and each time the Knights kept getting just a bit closer.
The barrage of attacks loosened Lehi's defensive grip, and Lone Peak finally unlocked the puzzle when Cameron McLaughlin's free kick was headed in by Morgan Keenan. Two minutes later it was Berry who muscled past a Lehi defender for a goal, and finally it was Zack Cromar who capped the comeback with his fourth score of the season.
With the loss, Lehi joins Riverton and Bingham, its final two opponents, in a tight battle for seeds No. 2 to No. 4.
Lone Peak 3, Lehi 1
R Lone Peak's Brody Berry scored the go-ahead goal as Lone Peak captured the Region 4 title.
• Trailing 1-0 for most of the game, the Knights score three times in the final five minutes.
At tribpreps.com • More photos of the game