Logan drops 2-1 heartbreaker, misses out on state playoffs

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> It was Senior Night Tuesday for the Logan girl’s soccer team, which needed one more win to make it to the state playoffs. The Grizzlies couldn’t hold off Box Elder, though, losing in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1.

Logan jumped out first, scoring in the 19th minute off a corner kick by Jamie Dyer, deflecting it in off a Box Elder defender. The Grizzlies controlled most of the first half, but were unable to capitalize on many open looks.

“If we would have gotten one more goal, it would’ve opened up and we would have been on a role – especially once we got that first one, we dominated the first half,” Logan head coach Mitch Peterson said. “We had some great looks, the girls were passing well, shooting well and we had a lot of one-time shots, but we just couldn’t put them in.”

Box Elder eventually was able to tie things up just before halftime in the 37th minute. Logan lost its momentum and was in dog fight for the rest of the game with both teams playing tough.

With less than a minute remaining in regulation, it appeared that the game would go to overtime. However, Box Elder was able to come away with the win scoring with 12 seconds left. It was the Bees’ Lana Willard who put the ball out of reach just inside the far post.

“It was a great game, everyone did a good job, our offense generated a lot of looks,” Peterson said. “Defense played tough and we beat them 4-2 earlier this year on the road so we knew what we needed to do to stop them defensively. We were able to shut down a couple of their girls and didn’t give them any looks except Lana who came up with the goal at the end.”

Although Logan couldn’t pull off the win, the girls were able to remain positive despite the tough loss.

“Our team did a great job,” Peterson said. “They did a good job of balancing, and staying connected and finishing up in a positive way. It’s disappointing to lose that game but it was a hard fought game and the girls did a good job.”

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