Two good soccer teams gave everything they had on the Box Elder pitch in Brigham City. One of the most exciting high school soccer games had everything too.
It was wet, and messy, which led to a lot of slipping and sliding. The offenses were on their game and the defenses gave everything to keep the ball out of the net.
Box Elder struck first in the 18th minute, Kyle Austin scored from close range after a battle for the ball. The run of play was pretty even the whole first half with Box Elder having three shots on goal and Wasatch had two. In the 36th minute Wasatch tied up the score with a beautiful, one touch shot by Dax Holmes. It was a great cross from Jesse Lopoez. The half ended all knotted up at 1-1.
The second half began with the Wasps having more opportunities on goal and going ahead with a free kick by Jesse Lopez. In the 53rd minute, Jesse was beating several Box Elder defenders with some fancy footwork and was taken down with a foul just outside the penalty box. The ensuing free kick went from the left side of the 18′ to the bottom right of the goal. Up 2-1 Wasatch continued to have opportunities.
The Bees scored the tying goal in the 58th minute, Mitchell Pyle headed a great cross into the goal. With the score 2-2 both squads picked up their intensity to get the go ahead goal. Box Elder score the go ahead goal in the 65th minute by Rusty Lamb. At this time Wasatch picked up the pace even more.
Out shooting the Bees seven to four the second half, Wasatch finally tied it up in the kast minute of regulation. Jesse Lopez had his second assist of the game to his brother Gary. It was a fantastic cross that Gary just had to tap in the ball. The bench and Wasp crowd erupted with jubilation for a well earned goal. Box Elder had one last chance to win that went high over the cross bar from distance.
In the first overtime Box Elder had three shots on goal and Wasatch had two. Again an even, energetic attempt for the golden goal and victory. Both goalkeepers and defense made some great stops.
In the second overtime, Wasatch had most opportunities with three shots. In the 96th minute, the Wasps had several point blank shots off a corner, the last one being blasted toward the goalkeepers stomach.
A shoot out ensued after each team identified their ten potential kickers. Box Elder went first and promptly put the ball in the net. Wasatch’s first shooter hit the inside of the left post which sent the ball all the way across the goal mouth, looking like it might sneak in the other side. It just kept going, missing the goal. Box Elder’s second shooter connected, going up 2-0. The Wasps’ second kicker put the ball in the net for an apparent 1-2 deficit. At that time some questions were expressed by the Bee’s bench and goalkeeper. The official ruled no goal and did not let the Wasp kicker to have a re-kick. Coach Wheatley went out on the field and asked for clarification so the officials came to their area and looked up the rule in the rule book. After ten minutes and explanation from the official, the goal was disallowed.
Box Elder scored their next two attempts and won the penalty kick shoot out. A devastating result for Wasatch, exhilarating for Box Elder. Two excellent teams with the contest being decided on PKs is always very frustrating.
An excellent Wasatch squad finished the season showing a lot of determination and heart, falling to a great Box Elder team. Wasatch finished the season with a record of 10-6-1.
Shots on goal: 14
Goalkeeper saves: 7
Corner Kicks: 8
Direct Kicks: 10
Indirect Kicks: 1
Box Elder Statistics
Shots on goal: 10
Goalkeeper saves: 11
Corner Kicks: 8
Direct Kicks: 7
Indirect Kicks: 2