"I love [the feeling]," Holanda said about playing in Saturday's final. "Our school has never had a championship at state, so it just feels great. This is my first year here. Sadly I'm a senior, so I'm not going to be here next year. But if feels great getting to get this team to the championship this year. I love it."
Millard, which was the top seed in the 2A South with a 15-1 record, took the lead in the 18th minute when forward Alex Wall hopped on a ball fed from the midfield. Wall split the two LCA center backs and sidestepped the goalkeeper before finishing in front of an empty net.
After struggling to put shots on frame early in the match, LCA responded in the later stages of the first half by putting up several shots from distance while the wind was at its back. After relentlessly testing the Millard keeper, LCA finally got on the board in the 34th minute thanks to leading goal scorer Sebastian Amengual.
"It really opened up the game," Amengual said about his goal. "We were kind of frustrated with the field and our luck on shots. [Millard] just had one chance, and they scored and we couldn't get ours in. After that goal, we kept trying and kept shooting then finally got the goals we wanted."
Holanda scored his first goal just three minutes later to give LCA a 2-1 lead as the Eagles seized the momentum before halftime.
LCA continued to play with precision in the second half, outshooting Millard while making sure that no wind-swept longballs got in behind its back four. A Holanda corner kick led to a goal for Bartomeu Tortella Mestre before Holanda finished the game by going through three Millard defenders to seal the win.
"Waterford and Rowland Hall have always been the kings of the 2A," Layton Christian coach Christopher Tatro said. "We knew we wanted to make it to the 2A championship this year because we know that a lot of these schools are going up to 3A next year. With all these schools going up, we figured that if we were going to prove something, this would be the year. Before they all leave, we wanted to be in that final dance. We're blessed and happy to be there."