Friday , October 20, 2017 - 8:43 PM
MIDVALE — It only took a fraction of a second for Bonneville’s girls soccer team to come one step closer to a lifetime achievement — a chance to play in the state 4-A championship final.
After a full game of regulation, two overtime periods and a round of shootout penalty kicks between the Lakers and Snow Canyon, things came down to sudden death kicks Friday evening at Hillcrest High School.
Junior Karly Conolly found the right corner of the net on the sixth penalty kick to give Bonneville a 5-4 shootout victory and a berth in the title game Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
“Once I saw our keeper block (Snow Canyon’s kick), I knew that I was going to make it and I didn’t have any doubts in myself,” Conolly said. “I walked up and did the same thing I do every single time and put it in the same corner, and it went in and we won.”
6-A TITLE GAME: AF uses big 2nd half to beat Syracuse
The game was tied 1-1 to that point, with Isabel Togisala netting the Bonneville goal 55 seconds into the second half and the Warriors tying it up in the 53rd minute on a score Laker keeper Ashley Croyle thought she could have stopped.
“I just know that I had to stop that ball for my team because that first goal they scored was my fault, and so to make it up to them — like all the hard work that we’ve done would be nothing if it wasn’t for this game,” Croyle said. “We’ve been wanting to go to state for so long.
“We’ve been dreaming about it since we were little kids — it’s like the least I could do for my team to get there,” Croyle said.
Jaycee Stein, Hailey Price, Bryce Reynolds and Bailey Hassell scored shootout goals for Bonneville to get to the sudden-death winner by Conolly.
“The girls step up and decide themselves (who will kick the shootout),” Bonneville coach Rob McDaniel said. “We get in a circle and they say ‘I’m first, I’m second, I’m third.’ That way, I know they’re comfortable with what they’re doing.”
Both teams won their previous contest in shootout fashion.
“That’s not on purpose,” McDaniel said. “My stress level wouldn’t let me do that on purpose, not at all.”
“I’ve been at Bonneville nine years and we’ve never gone to penalty kicks in a playoff game. I don’t like it. I don’t want to do it,” he said.
It’s a short turnaround for the Lakers, who take on Sky View at 11 a.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium.
“That was our goal from day one, to be playing at Rio Tinto — not just playing, but winning,” McDaniel said. “We’re there, so one step closer.”
MORGAN 1, MANTI 0
SANDY — Logan Duran scored her 23rd goal of the season 13 minutes into the second half for the only score Morgan would need to beat Manti on Friday at Jordan High School, advancing the Trojans to the 3-A championship game.
Morgan, which has won 12 straight, will face Judge Memorial at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. It will be the third meeting of the season for the Region 13 rivals.
Morgan defeated Judge Memorial 5-1 on Sept. 5 and 4-3 on Sept. 21.
Sign up for e-mail news updates.