A typical Provo/Wasatch soccer game with physical play, energy, drama, and a fast and furious ending.
The first half ended with a 2-1 Wasatch lead. The first goal was scored in the 5th minute by Brooks Downey, the assist from Matthias Dunn. Provo came right back within five minutes with a neat flick over an onrushing defender from a through ball. Edson Uribe scored the first of his two goals. The Wasps would respond in the 22nd minute as Carlos Vargas sent a free kick in the box and Felix Firth headed the ball in. Wasatch was seemingly in control at halftime.
The second half began with a flurry of offensive opportunities by Provo as they pushed forward at a quick pace. Wasatch settled down and the middle twenty minutes were a back and forth effort by each team. There were more offensive opportunities by both teams in the second half but all were repelled until the 76th minute.
Wasatch coaching staff was encouraging the team to possess the ball and run some time off the clock. There were several minutes of stoppage as Provo seemed to have multiple players get hurt at the same time. Provo was aggressive all night with a flurry of fouls and although they were the ones with most of the fouls, they seemed to get the worst end of the collisions. Anyway, instead of settling down, Wasatch continued to attack the goal. This resulted in Provo getting multiple attempts on goal the last several minutes. They scored the equalizer off of a corner kick.
The OT period began with both teams having a chance on goal and the game continued its quick pace and excitement. Finally in the 5th minute of OT the last of eighteen fouls by Provo was costly. It resulted in a penalty kick which Carlos put in the back of the net.
Region 8 began with a battle of the two top ranked teams in region with a victory for the Wasps.
Shots – 13
Shots on goal – 8
GK Saves – 6
Corner Kicks – 5
Direct Kicks – 18
Indirect Kicks – 1
Shots – 14
Shots on goal – 8
GK Saves – 5
Corner Kicks – 6
Direct Kicks – 8
Indirect Kicks – 2
Carlos had another good game as the defensive MF. His ability to get in the attack and transition back quickly to defense was evident all game. He had seven shots, many due to the number of fouls Provo had, by direct kicks. Carlos’s free kicks are very often on frame or in dangerous situations. He had an assist from one free kick and then scored the winning goal in OT with a penalty kick. It was a really physical game.