Woods Cross • A full overtime period lasts 10 minutes. At Woods Cross on Friday, it lasted 13 seconds.
Wildcats' senior forward Leo Calquin raced past the defense of No. 1 East and, with 9:47 showing on the scoreboard, blasted the game-winning goal from left to right, mirroring his earlier goal, to give Woods Cross a stunning 3-2 victory.
"We were trying to go right at them," Calquin said.
Well, sort of. In the huddle before the overtime period began, coach Kevin Rigby told his team to be patient. No need, however.
Woods Cross improved to 8-5-0 with the win while looking like an actual contender, despite an earlier 3-0 loss to the Leopards and a 5-1 defeat a week earlier against Bountiful.
In fact, the loss to the rival Braves, coach Rigby said, was the turning point for the Wildcats.
"It was an eye opener," he said. "We had to re-evaluate everything at that point."
East entered the week 9-2-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, but stumbled in a 2-1 loss to Clearfield on Tuesday and again Friday, despite holding leads of 1-0 and 2-1.
The Leopards struck in the 37th minute on a soft lob of a goal by James Barker.
The second half, though, would belong to Woods Cross. After banging three shots off the goalposts in the first 10 minutes of the half, Ethan Cope finally scored the equalizer in the 40th minute. In the 60th, East defender Jason Cook again gave East the lead with a 40-yard free kick, but any joy from that was quickly erased.
Still in the 60th minute, Calquin raced the other way and, like he would again do later, lasered a shot from the near corner into the top, right-hand corner of the goal to once again tie the game.
"We knew it was a huge game for us," Calquin said. "We knew it would be our biggest game of our region."
Storylines Woods Cross stuns East in overtime
R Ethan Cope scores his team-leading 13th goal, while senior forward Leo Calquin scores twice to give Woods Cross a 3-2 overtime win over East.
• Calquin scores multiple goals in a game for the third time this season.
• East, which beat the Wildcats 3-0 earlier this year, has now lost twice in a row.