<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Playing without its leading scorer in Taylor Horsley, the Logan girl’s soccer team struggled against region leader Bonneville Tuesday. The Grizzlies defense was unable to handle the high-octane Laker offense in a 4-0 loss.
“Bonneville is a great team,” Logan head coach Mitch Peterson said. “They’re in the state tournament every year. This is their brand of soccer. They will not be denied. They find a way to win whether it’s 1-0 or 17-0, they don’t care.”
With Horsley out due to a meniscus injury, Logan’s offense managed just one first half shot, and the Lakers used pin-point touch passing to carve up the Grizzly defense en route to a 2-0 halftime lead.
Bonneville – which has won two state titles in the past five years – struck first on a goal from senior Emilee Tafuna’I in the 15th minute, and doubled the advantage off of a free kick in the 26th. Senior Madeline Jensen redirected the kick with her head and bounced it past Logan goalkeeper Emily Davis into the bottom-right corner of the net.
In a physical game between region rivals, the Lakers dominated time of possession and peppered Davis with 18 total shots. Logan came out of the intermission and were a touch or two away from pulling a goal back.
Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, they struggled to maintain possession against a prominent Laker squad, which Peterson attributed to jitters.
“This is the team that gives you the least amount of time to set,” Peterson said. “This is the team that will punish you for every mistake and gives you zero seconds to touch the ball. You panic a little bit, retreat a little bit, and they make you pay.”
Bonneville’s precision passing paved the way for two more goals in the second half, the first coming on a controversial penalty kick in the 54th minute after a collision between players on the line of the 18-yard-box.
To the disgust of Logan fans, junior Ellee Hall buried the kick for the Lakers, and five minutes later senior Sienna Thornock tacked on another one after the Grizzly defense broke down.
Logan fell to 5-8-1 overall on the season with the loss, including a 3-4-1 record in Region 5 play. Bonneville secured the region’s No. 1 seed with the win, improving to 8-0-0 in region and 12-2-0 overall.
Currently sitting at the No. 4 spot in region with two games to go, the Grizzlies will look to improve their region seeding when they travel to Roy on Thursday. That game is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.
“We walk away from this, shrug the shoulders, have a good dinner and regroup tomorrow,” Peterson said. “We had a much better second half, and we’re on the road to regroup and change a few things. The girls understand, and we’re taking it a game at a time. We’re not taking Roy lightly.”
BEES 4, MUSTANGS 3
It was a tale of two halves for the Mountain Crest girls soccer team Tuesday, and a second-half Mustang comeback attempt fell short in a 4-3 loss to Box Elder.
Lana Willard recorded a hat trick for the Bees, who raced to a 4-0 halftime lead as Heather Hutchinson added a goal for Box Elder.
The Mustangs came storming back in the second half behind Kortney McBride’s two goals and another from Lexi Vance, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a poor first half performance.
Mountain Crest dropped to .500 on the season in both Region 5 play at 4-4-0, and overall at 7-7-0. Box Elder moved to 6-6-0 overall and 3-5-0 in the region.
The Mustangs are currently in the No. 3 spot in the region standings, with two games to go. Mountain Crest travels to region-leader Bonneville Thursday to take on the Lakers at 5:15 p.m.
BOBCATS 3, ROYALS 0
Sky View scored two first half goals, added another in the second half, and pitched a shutout as the Bobcats hosted the Roy Royals Tuesday. With the win, the Bobcats moved into second place in the Region 5 standings with a 4-3-1 region record.
McKenley Hellstern, Madison Siddoway, and Kylee Villanueva all recorded scores for the Bobcats who have won two of their last three – with the lone loss coming against Bonneville – to move into No. 2 spot.
In the goal, Kylee Hellstern recorded the shutout for the Bobcats who wrap up the season with two road games. Thursday, SV will travel to Box Elder, a team the Bobcats defeated 3-2 earlier this month. Sky View will wrap up its regular season Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a game at Mountain Crest that will most likely decide the No. 2 spot in the Region 5 standings. The Mustangs defeated the Bobcats earlier this season, 3-2, in overtime.