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5A girls' soccer: Gomes leads Brighton to title game
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Draper • Brighton's Nadia Gomes hovered dangerously close to being offsides for most of the game. The engine that powers the Bengals' offense waited for the ball by moving slowly up and back in a calm, methodic fashion.

The Bengals played to a draw against Fremont in the Class 5A girls' soccer state semifinals for 52 minutes Tuesday. It took a pass from Libby Dearden before Gomes exploded into action.

Gomes trapped the ball at the top of the box, spun clockwise and uncorked it to the right post. It was the first of three goals for Gomes, who dominated the frontline with her ability to misdirect defenders and find the back of the net.

"What can't you say about Nadia?" teammate Jayde Jones said. "She drives the ball and can always find a way to score."

Gomes struck again less than a minute later by breaking through two defenders and tucking it away into the net.

"I felt we really woke up in the second half," Gomes said. "Our passing got a lot better and we started playing more of our game."

Sydney Meyers scored the third goal of the game with an assist from Gomes. Meyers took a perfectly placed pass and scored her fifth goal of the season.

Gomes finished her hat trick in the 64 minute by beating out the defense and hitting the bottom left corner.

Brighton piled on with a crushing shot from Jones in the 69th minute. Kami Djahanbani fed her a pass, and she fired away from 30 yards out.

"The sidelines kept yelling shoot it," Jones said. "I was totally surprised when it went it."

Goalkeeper Carly Olson finished her third shutout of the postseason with nine saves. She sacrificed her body diving for balls and directed her backfield to shore up the defense.

"It's all about chemistry," Olson said. "We've been playing with each other for so long that we know where we need to be." —

Highlights

O The Bengals have outscored their competition 15-0 in three playoff games this season.

• Carly Olson made nine saves to earn the shutout in goal. Girls' soccer state tournaments

Class 5A

Tuesday's semifinals

Brighton 5, Fremont 0

Viewmont 1, Lone Peak 0

Friday's title game

at Rio Tinto Stadium

7 p.m. • Brighton vs. Viewmont

Class 4A

Tuesday's semifinals

Timpanogos 2, Mountain View 0

Skyline 1, East 0

Friday's title game

at Rio Tinto Stadium

4:30 p.m. • Timpanogos vs. East

Class 3A

Friday's state semifinals

at Jordan High

3:45 p.m. • Dixie vs. Park City

6 p.m. • Cedar City vs. Juan Diego

Saturday's title game

at Rio Tinto Stadium

4 p.m. • Semifinal winners

Class 2A

Friday's state semifinals

at Jordan High

11 a.m. • Waterford vs. Delta

1:15 p.m. • Millard vs. Summit Academy

Saturday's title game

at Rio Tinto Stadium

1:30 p.m. • Semifinal winners

Football

Thursday

All games at 7 p.m.

Bingham at Alta

Box Elder at Logan

Copper Hills at Brighton

Duchesne at Altamont

Ogden at Mountain Crest

Pleasant Gr. at Herriman

Roy at Sky View

Spanish Fork at Salem Hills

Timpanogos at Orem

West Jordan at Jordan

Westlake at Riverton

Friday

All games at 7 p.m. unless noted

Hillcrest JV at Layton Christian, 4 p.m.

Carbon at Emery

Cedar at Payson

Clearfield at Viewmont

Corner Canyon at Murray

Cottonwood at Hillcrest

Cyprus at Woods Cross

Diamond Ranch at Rich

East at Kearns

Grantsville at Union

Highland at Bountiful

Hunter at Granger

Hurricane at Desert Hills

Layton at Northridge

Lone Peak at Lehi

Manti at Canyon View

Maple Mountain at Springville

Monticello at Kanab

Morgan at Judge

Mountain View at Stansbury

North Sanpete at Delta

Olympus at Skyline

Park City at Juan Diego

Provo at Timpview

Richfield at Juab

Snow Canyon at Dixie

Syracuse at Fremont

Tooele at Ben Lomond

Uintah at Bear River

Wasatch at American Fork

Weber at Davis

West at Taylorsville

Whitehorse at Monument Valley

Brighton breaks out in the second half after scoreless first half.
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