It’s been a challenging start to the season for Logan’s girls soccer program, but the gritty Grizzlies had their breakthrough in the face of some major adversity in their second-to-last non-region match.
Freshman Mia Lopez scored twice and netted the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in the second half as Logan earned its first victory of the season, 2-1 on the road against Judge Memorial on Tuesday.
“I am so proud of these girls tonight,” LHS head coach Natalie Norris said. “Second half they really dug deep and played for each other. There were so many gritty performances tonight all over the field, and it was so good to finally see that come out. Especially with the day we had, for us to pull it together, gut it out and get the result, I couldn’t be happier.”
The Grizzlies (1-4) were fortunate they were even able to play after their bus was involved in an accident just outside of Roy. Norris said a driver of a truck “tried to cut into our lane without checking, we fishtailed super hard and I honestly don’t know how we didn’t roll, and how the other driver didn’t die.”
Logan actually arrived in Salt Lake City a couple of minutes after the match was supposed to start. Additionally, the Grizzlies “had several girls out with headaches, dizziness and whiplash,” Norris said. Two of the varsity players sat out and three athletes on the JV squad, plus several more JV players were struggling as a result of the accident.
Norris praised Logan’s bus driver and said “I’m just counting my blessings we’re alive and well.” Even the driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.
“Miracles right and left,” Norris said. “Literally mind blowing.”
As for the actual game, all three of the goals were scored in the second half. Lopez intercepted a pass about 10 minutes after halftime and beat the Judge Memorial goalkeeper. The Bulldogs (2-2) immediately equalized, but Lopez collected a ball in the waning moments of the match, dribbled at least 20 yards into the 18-yard box “and placed it far post,” Norris said. “It was gorgeous.”
They were the first two goals of the season for Logan, which squared off against four good 5A and 6A programs to kick off the 2021 campaign.
OTHER TUESDAY MATCHES
Sky View traveled to Preston and left to a 3-0 victory over Idaho’s defending 4A state champions, while Green Canyon scored late to dispatch of visiting Pocatello (Idaho) by a 2-1 scoreline.
Preston (1-1) limited a potent Sky View attack to one goal in the opening half, which was a free kick by Reese Thurston. It was the first time the Bobcats (6-1) have played on a grass field this season — — “it was definitely an adjustment,” SV head coach Jillian Carver said — — but they figured things out and pulled away with a pair of goals after the half.
Laney Gibbons and Amalia Fonua came through with insurance goals for Sky View, while Maysen McKay and Jocee Chadwick were each credited with assists. Grace Glover went the distance in goal for the Bobcats, who recorded their fifth clean sheet of the season.
“Our girls played well,” Carver said. “It took a bit to adjust, but once we settled down we played our game and played well. Preston is always a fun cross-state rival and it was a good game for all of us.”
Likewise, Preston head coach Brandon Lyon felt good about how his side performed. The Indians will have to reload this season after graduating a talented senior class that included a trio of first-team all-state selections, including 4A state MVP Kylie Larsen.
“Really proud of the way the girls battled,” Lyon said. “We played a great first half. ... They scored off a well-placed free kick. We had created some great chances (to score) in the first half. In the second half, the discrepancy in game fitness really showed, with them playing game seven and us game two. But I don’t want to take anything away from Sky View. They are an extremely talented team and you can’t relax at any time with them or they’ll take advantage. We’re really happy with where we are at right now just two games in.”
Preston keeper Hadlee Ezola “made a couple of brilliant saves in the second half to keep us close,” Lyon said. It doesn’t get any easier for the Indians this week as they host undefeated Mountain Crest on Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Wolves (2-4) used some late-game heroics to prevail for the second time in the last four days. Green Canyon found the back of the net in overtime in its 3-2 triumph over 5A Spanish Fork on the road last Saturday.
Lydia Edwards gave Green Canyon a 1-0 lead in the opening half on what head coach Sven Rasmussen referred to as “a hustle play.” Pocatello (0-1) equalized after halftime on what Rasmussen called “wonder strike against the run of play.”
Emma DeBerard found Cambree Tensmeyer, who finished past the Poky keeper with about 90 seconds remaining in the match.
This is the first time this season the Wolves have played against an opponent with a similar student body population. Green Canyon’s first five games were against 5A and 6A foes from the Beehive State.
“Glad to see our attack creating more chances,” Rasmussen said. “We have been tested for sure this preseason. We haven’t always gotten the results, but we have grown a lot and are battle tested against some bigger teams. I am happy with where we are right now, knowing we will keep improving practice by practice. I want to praise the girls for their never-say-die attitude.”
It was another rough night for high school volleyball teams in action Tuesday night.
That is except for Mountain Crest. The Mustangs won their second match in a row, topping visiting Juan Diego in four, 25-13, 20-25, 25-11, 25-18.
There were some other bright spots among valley teams, but they did not translate into match victories. Green Canyon lost a wild one at 5A Brighton in five, 16-25, 25-20, 25-27, 26-24, 15-11. Sky View lost at home to 5A Box Elder in straight sets, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21. Logan also fell at home to North Summit in three, 25-12, 25-14, 25-14, while Ridgeline was swept by Lehi, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19.
Mountain Crest (2-1) finished strong against the Soaring Eagle (0-3) after dropping the second set. The Mustangs had a balanced attack in the victory.
Leading the way for the Mustangs was middle blocker Ella Douglas, who had a team-best 12 kills and hit .478. She also had four aces and four blocks.
Atkinson finished with seven kills, 20 assists and a team-high 13 digs. Kiera Crosbie added eight kills, two aces and two blocks, while Kaytlin Bywater had seven kills, hit .412 and had served up two aces.
Mountain Crest finished with 17 aces as a team, led by Gracie Magnum with seven.
The Wolves (1-2) just couldn’t finish off the Bengals (1-1). It seemed like the momentum was on Green Canyon’s side after a wild 27-25 third-set win. But Brighton fought right back to claim the fourth in almost the same fashion.
Alli Anthon led the Wolves with 15 kills and four aces. Green Canyon had 13 aces as a team.
Kaylee Coats filled up the stat sheet for the Wolves with four aces, 14 digs, 34 assists and three blocks. Adi Falslev added nine kills and 12 digs, while Eden Faux also had nine kills, four blocks and seven digs. Lydia Echols came up with 12 digs.
The Bobcats (0-2) are still looking for their first win of 2021, while the 5A Bees (2-2) got to .500.
Lambson served at 100 percent with an ace, passed at 1.91 and led the team with 11 digs. Radford and Bingham both hit .200, with six and four kills, respectively. Radford also had four blocks. Aezley Young had five kills and two blocks, while Abigail Doxey also had five kills.
The 5A Pioneers (1-1) were too much for the Riverhawks (1-2). Julia Howe contributed with nine kills for Ridgeline, which got eight digs from Livvy Davies and 20 assists from Nia Damuni.
The Grizzlies (0-3) showed some life, but could not take a set from the 2A Braves (1-0).
A longer version of the volleyball story can be found at hjnews.com