Ogden • She figured Ogden had nothing to lose in a scoreless game.
Avery Calton pulled the trigger on the 25-yard shot. The ball rocketed up into the crossbar, bounced down into the ground and into the net in the first of two Tigers scores as they knocked out Cedar City with a 2-0 victory in the 3A state girls' soccer quarterfinals Saturday.
"That was one I've never seen before," Calton said. "It was fun to see."
The bounces of fate aside, Ogden was the better team in the contest, which gradually was played more and more on Cedar's half of the field.
This matchup, a rematch of last season's 3A title game that was played at Rio Tinto, had a significantly more humble setting on the patchy, wet field at Mount Ogden Park.
After a scoreless first half, the Tigers notched a pair of goals within minutes of each other. Minutes after Calton's initial shot, Kiley Porter dribbled into the box. With a defender draped all over her, she poked a strike to Cedar keeper Tara Shipp's right for a two-score margin that gave Ogden, the defending champ, some room to breathe.
"That was the point where we could just relax," Calton said. "You want to keep the pressure up, but we didn't have to play not to lose."
Cedar's attempts thinned out as time ticked on, but the threat didn't go away completely. Ari Towns and Alianey Carter struck some shots on goal, but Kelsey East and her defense held strong.
The closest Cedar came was a free kick high and to the corner, but East punched it out of the air.
"She's got a lot of shutouts," Ogden coach Jason Steiner said. "There's a reason for that. Part of that is her, part of that is our defense. It wasn't our prettiest game, but it was a good win."
Ogden moves on to face Park City on Friday at Jordan High School.
Snow Canyon 1, Juan Diego 0 • Sarah Henderson notched the winning goal for the Warriors, who managed to shut down the Soaring Eagle behind goalie Grace Walton.
Park City 3, Dixie 0 • Gretchen Swenson scored a pair of goals to lead the Miners, and Skye Mooney came up with a handful of saves for a shutout.
Wasatch 3, Spanish Fork 1 • The Wasps scored a pair of goals in the second half in a road upset against the Dons.
P Friday, Jordan High School
11 a.m. • Wasatch vs. Snow Canyon
1:15 p.m. • Park City vs. Ogden