Pleasant Grove • It's not how a game this well played should have been decided.
Undefeated Pleasant Grove suffered its first loss of the season off its own player's foot in the 70th minute Tuesday.
Sophomore McKenzie Warren misplayed a ball back to her own keeper for Lone Peak's go-ahead goal in a physically tough and otherwise well-executed game. The Knights won 3-2.
"It's a really unlucky error," Lone Peak coach Heather Dahl said.
Pleasant Grove wasted no time jumping ahead. Senior Maddie Giles scored in the second minute of play when she was able to find the back of the net with a swinging kick.
The Knights answered when sophomore Tess Arnold peppered the ball in the 29th minute. She out-ran defenders and tucked it into the corner of the net.
"I kept thinking, 'Oh crap, don't miss," Arnold said. "When you're playing an undefeated team, you always want to bring them down."
Vikings junior Ashley McBee quickly answered by outdribbling keeper Sara Boley in the 30th minute. The hard-charging Boley overplayed McBee's dribble and left her with an open net.
The final score in the opening half came when Lone Peak sophomore Brittany Porter powered a shot through keeper Alicia Daniels' hands.
The teams attacked the goal and contested every ball in the second half.
"We came out flat [in the first] and eventually settled in, playing more of a possession game," Dahl said.
The unfortunate mental slip ended up being the deciding goal.
The teams' high caliber of play demonstrated Tuesday makes it likely the road to the 5A state championship will go through one of the teams. Pleasant Grove coach Caitlyn Young hopes Tuesday's tough loss relives some of the pressure on her squad.
"It's scary playing undefeated," Young said. "Hopefully we come out a better team from this loss."
• Lone Peak won the shots on goal battle 16-8.
• Pleasant Grove used two senior goalies Kenedii Williams and Alicia Daniels.
• Sophomores led the way for the Knights with Brittany Porter and Tess Arnold scoring Lone Peak's only goals.