5A girls' soccer: Alta strikes down Northride 3-1 in semis
Draper • Elisabeth Phillips stood at the top of the box and pumped her fist triumphantly into the sky before being tackled by her teammates Tuesday.
She knew that she had put away Northridge after unloading a cross from Sydney Fitzpatrick for her second goal of the game in the 53rd minute.
"They came out tough, but I knew we had them," Phillips said.
Alta defeated Northridge 3-1 in the semifinals of the 5A girls' soccer tournament to secure a rematch of the last two title games against Viewmont.
"They were a tough team, but our girls stepped up, played our game and played harder," Alta coach Lee Mitchell said.
Alta's scoring blitz started with junior Madie Lyons in the 16th minute. She stunned the Knights' backfield and drilled a goal on a free kick from 25 yards out.
"I think I caught everyone off guard," Lyons said. "I just knocked it in and took everyone by surprise."
Drama unfolded in the 29th minute when junior Carly Dehlin was issued a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct. She was ejected from the game and won't get to play in the state championship game Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Being down a player didn't deter Alta. Phillips scored her first goal of the game at the 30-minute mark, crushing the ball to the top right of the net to regain the momentum.
"We outplayed them with 11," Phillips said. "I knew we could outplay them with 10."
Northridge spoiled the shutout with a header from senior Dusty Taylor in the 68th minute. She fought through a crowd of Hawks and squeezed the ball past goalkeeper Elyssa Hashimoto.
Phillips believes Alta has enough scoring threats to retain the title for the third year in a row.
"As long as we can win, I don't care who scores," she said.
The Hawks anticipate a grudge match against Viewmont. But they'll be ready to defend their title.
"They'll be coming out for blood," Lyons said. "We'll be ready and won't show any mercy."