With just one game separating the two teams and four games left to play, valley-rivals Logan and Mountain Crest went all-in on Thursday at Crimson Field.
“Two best teams in the region, going to double overtime, 1:28 left, that’s as it should be,” Logan girls soccer coach Mitch Peterson said.
Forward Becca Godfrey proved to be the difference.
The senior netted two goals for the Grizzlies, burying the game-winning golden goal with less than 90 seconds left in the second overtime to lift Logan to the win.
Godfrey got her first goal in the 66th minute, taking a long pass from Veronica Sullivan before beating Mustang goalkeeper Courtney Funk one-on-one for the lead.
But in a back-and-forth affair, Mountain Crest responded thanks to Brinlee Welch.
Welch stole possession from the Grizzlies deep in the attacking third, beat the defender and rifled a shot past Grizzly goalkeeper Samantha Aguilar for the equalizer in the 74th minute.
“It hurt. We were talking about our adjustments for the last five minutes to slow the game down and take over,” Peterson said. “But I thought we responded well. Both teams stayed hungry up to the end.”
But noone was hungrier than Godfrey.
After leaving the game briefly because of a tweaked ankle, Godfrey returned and helped create several opportunities in regulation and overtime.
Demi Lopez baited and beat Funk and a defender to set up an easy shot for Godfrey, but the shot never got off as Lopez was whistled for a foul.
The pair made the most of their second chance.
Lopez played a perfect pass through the back line, Godfrey beat the defense to the ball and tapped it past a charging Funk for the game-winner.
“It’s unreal, ending my senior year that way and beating Mountain Crest twice in one season is so big,” Godfrey said.
The Grizzlies improved to 8-1-0 with the win, moving two games ahead of the Mustangs at 6-3-1 with three games to play and hold the tie-breaker over Mountain Crest by virtue of a season sweep of the Mustangs.
“It’s these kind of games you just walk away saying ‘hey, you pushed us as hard as you could push us and we pushed you as hard as we could and it went in for us or it went in for you, or it tied. Everybody gets better when this happens,” Peterson said.
Logan will get its first chance to lock up the region title on Tuesday, Oct. 1 when the Grizzlies face their other valley-foe Sky View. The Bobcats handed the Grizzlies their only region loss back on Sept. 5.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. in Smithfield.