Sandy • In sports, it never hurts to take advantage of Mother Nature. As Waterford hosted Merit College Preparatory Academy in the quarterfinals for boys’ 2A soccer, a steady wind hit the field of play.
"We had a fair gust in our favor in the first half and we tried to take advantage of that," Waterford coach George Shirley said.
Waterford 4, Merit 1
» Waterford moves on to the semifinals as they await the winner of St. Joseph vs. Delta.
» Sean Keough pulled a “hat trick” with three goals within the first 16 minutes.
Saturday’s 2A scores
» Parowan 8,Intermountain Christian 0
» Delta 3, St. Joseph 2 (OT)
» Waterford 4, Merit Academy 1
» Rowland Hall 3, American Leadership 1
Friday’s 2A games
at Juan Diego
» Parowan vs. Rowland Hall, 4 p.m.
» Waterford vs. Delta, 6:15 p.m.
Saturday’s 3A scores
» Pine View 1, Uintah 0
» Cedar City 2, Park City 1
» Dixie 2, Payson 1
» Juan Diego 3, Snow Canyon 1
Friday’s 3A games
» Pine View vs. Cedar City, 4 p.m.
» Dixie vs. Juan Diego, 6:15 p.m.
And take advantage, they did. The Ravens were firing shot from all over the place whether it was up close, midrange, or even near midfield. By the end of the first half alone, Sean Keough found the net three times.
"All those are just due to my teammates. Everyone worked really well today," Keough said. "I was definitely able to take advantage of their big defenders, it was hard for them to change directions real quickly."
Waterford dominated the time of possession and kept the Knights on their heels for most of the game. Merit did not score its first goal until 15:48 left in regulation, but by then the game was out of reach — Waterford went on to win 4-1.
"Sean played excellent, but so did everyone else on the field," Shirley said. "They had some real speed up top and solid skill players. We were happy to get the win."
Still, according to Keough, there is one key aspect they can improve on, scoring.
"We must have had at least 40 shots, maybe like 18 on frame, and then only four go in — that [goals] number definitely needs to go up," Keough said.
While the Ravens got four goals — the final one was by Tristan Broadbent — they were inches away from five more, all which hit the post.
"Fortunately today we wound up with four in the back of the net and that’s all that mattered," Shirley said.
Despite several missed opportunities, Waterford was solid from start to finish.
"I thought we played in good formation, we kept our shape well," coach Shirley said. "We played against a good solid squad in Merit Academy, but we did the things that we needed to do to at least take care of the win today."
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