5A girls’ soccer: Davis upsets Riverton on PKs
Sara Beecher held her ground to stop the Silverwolves’ last shot.
By Eric Butler
| Special to The Tribune
First Published Oct 15 2013 09:32 pm
Last Updated Oct 15 2013 11:05 pm
Riverton • Davis keeper Sara Beecher had plenty of opportunities to think about different approaches toward penalty kicks Tuesday.
Not just from her usual defensive position, but the offensive side as well.
And not just as a result of a penalty, but in an overtime shootout.
At the end of a 3-2 victory over Riverton decided on PKs, it all came down to one thing for Beecher.
"I knew I just had to watch for the ball and not anticipate where it was going," Beecher said. "That’s what I did, and I stopped it. It was awesome."
The Class 5A girls’ soccer tournament opener went into a penality kick shootout after regulation and two 10-minute overtimes ended with a 2-2 deadlock.
Beecher made a save to open the PKs, but when she was called upon to shoot, her attempt was stopped by Silverwolves keeper Bre Empey.
With Davis clinging to a 4-3 lead in the shootout and Riverton’s Marissa Johnson stepping up in a must-score situation, Beecher went neither left nor right.
"I anticipated on [the first] one, but after all the kicks I just started thinking too much," said Beecher, who stayed in place and secured Johnson’s shot for the clincher. "I figured that I’d just wait for her to kick it. Good thing I did. Had I moved, she would have scored right down the middle."
Davis (11-4), the fourth-place team out of Region 1, scored first when sophomore Regyn Youngberg connected just seconds before halftime.
Youngberg hit again from 15 yards out for a 2-0 lead in the first minute after halftime.
"We gave up goals right at the end of the half and the start of the next one," said Riverton coach Paul Moizer, whose team won Region 4 and finished 14-3. "Those are two times you don’t want to give up goals."
But Riverton bounced back when junior Hailey Skolmoski won a battle in front of the Davis goal and shot into the right corner. Skolmoski tied it when Riverton was awarded a penalty kick after a foul inside the Darts’ box with 11 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game.
Davis coach Souli Phongsavath said he wasn’t surprised that his Darts could compete with the region-winning Silverwolves.
"Region 1, to me, has always been the top region in the state top to bottom," he said. "We knew we had a chance to win this game. A 2-0 lead early in the second half — it’s the most dangerous lead in soccer, they say, and you kind of saw why."