Bluffdale • The Summit Academy Bears offense was in hibernation during the first half of their Class 2A boys' soccer playoff debut.
They weren't playing their style of game pressuring opposing defenses and keeping the ball on the ground. They even went down 10 minutes into the second half.
But on a blustery spring day in Bluffdale, the Bears awoke from their slumber and responded.Summit Academy dominated the second half of its playoff opener against visiting Wasatch Academy, scoring three goals in 20 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory Wednesday.
"We were pretty hyped up during the day and were pretty nervous before the game started," said forward Tate Stroud, who scored the third goal of the day for the Bears.
And they played like it for a while.
Wasatch Academy controlled the pace in the first half and missed two golden opportunities to score. After Tigers star Emrem Tanriover converted a penalty kick early in the second half, the Bears had work to do.
"In all honesty, I want to say the team intensity picked up," said Summit Academy forward Austin Farr, who had a memorable playoff opener with two goals.
Along with the intensity, the passing and fluidity of the game began to come easy to the Bears. They used the blowing wind to their advantage on free kicks that were played into the box.
"If you get the chance to have set plays," Summit Academy coach Troy Stroud said, "you've got to finish."
The Bears did.
Farr's first goal came off his chest after a ball ricocheted off the post. His second came minutes later when a dipping ball from Johnathan Keefer bounced awkwardly in front of the goal and Farr ran onto it, heading it into the back of the net.
"We just started slicing and dicing," Farr said.
Stroud said he was proud of the way his players responded to the adversity of falling behind to a good team in the first round of a one-and-done scenario.
"We're a new team," he said. "We're a young team. â¦ This is our first trip this way, and I think it gives them a confidence that they haven't had."
The Bears woke up just in time and when it mattered most to win their 12th game of the season, and more importantly, keep their season going for at least a few more days when they'll face either Oakley or Beaver at 1 p.m. Saturday.
"We did what we had to do," Farr said.
Wednesday's Class 2A games
• Oakley 4, Beaver 1
• St. Joseph 9, Grand County 1
• American Leadership 9, Intermountain Christian 0
• Merit Academy 5, Legacy Prep 2
• Layton Christian 4, Parowan 0
• Gunnison Valley 2, Rowland Hall 1
• Summit Academy 3, Wasatch Academy 1
• Manti 4, Waterford 0
Thursday's Class 3A games
• Park City at Region 11 No. 2
• Cedar at Spanish Fork
• Morgan at Desert Hills
• Region 11 No. 3 at Juan Diego
• Delta at Dixie
• Stansbury at Wasatch
• Judge at Ogden
• Pine View at Payson