Not this time: Lehi Boys Soccer loses PK shootout in 5A title match | News, Sports, Jobs


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Lehi players watch the penalty shootout during the 5A Championship match against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi players pose for a photo with the runners-up trophy after the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi’s sophomore Colton Marsing dribbles down the court during the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi freshman Gavin Fenn (20) goes up for a header during the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi sophomore Colton Marsing has a blocked shot during the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi junior Nate Shepherd battles for the ball during the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Junior Lehi Alfred Vargas settles the ball during the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi junior Nate Shepherd knocks the ball down during the 5A Championship match against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi senior Christian Jones shoots a free kick during the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday May 25, 2022.

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Lehi head coach Tim Graham hugs one of his players after the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday May 25, 2022.

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Heading into Wednesday’s 5A state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy against region rival 8 Alta, the Lehi boys’ soccer team had had five games decided on penalties.

The Pioneer disc? 5-0, including beating Stansbury in the semi-finals.

So when the final seconds of the second overtime elapsed without either team scoring, Lehi had plenty of reason to be confident.

But this time their luck ran out as it was the Hawks who made the big saves and hammered their shots to give Alta the 0-0 (3-1) victory over the Pioneers and win the 2022 state title. .

“It might be the best game I’ve ever coached,” Lehi head coach Tim Graham said. “It was such a high level chess match. You hate to lose in PK, but that’s how it is. We couldn’t fit them in, but the game plan was right. They did everything we “We asked them to do. We had our chances, lots of chances. But if you’re going to lose one, no matter how heartbreaking, you’d rather have a tough one that’s close than come unprepared.”

Scoring chances were scarce throughout the competition as defenses refused to make mistakes.

Lehi had good opportunities from second Colton Marsing, senior Christian Jones and junior Nate Shepherd, but neither could find the net. At the other end, the Pioneers defense led by senior Tyson Haunga and sophomore goaltender Kaleb Cowley was equally solid.

This resulted in the draw which ended in the shootout. Unlike the semis, this time Lehi went first – only to have the first shot blocked by the Hawk’s keeper.

“If you don’t do the first one, the next one is harder,” Graham said. “But it’s nobody’s fault. Their keeper did a great job reading it and guessing right. It was just a pity. »

Although the result was not what the Pioneers wanted, Graham said he was pleased with what the team achieved in 2022.

“You couldn’t ask for anything more,” Graham said. “They left everything on the pitch. They didn’t hold anything back and you couldn’t ask for more. Where we came from when we took over four years ago, where they are at, what they do and the level at which they play, I can’t even describe the immense pride I have for them . It’s hard to find the words. They are so amazing.

Graham said the team will have a void to fill with the four seniors leaving.

“First we told them all to enjoy the trip,” Graham said. “We will miss our elders. We love them and their leadership. They were great and had a lot of success.

But this Lehi team has a huge amount of underclass kids who will be hungry for another chance to compete for a title.

“For these young guys, it’s going to hurt,” Graham said. “That should hurt. It should stay there a bit and fester. And then they have to build on that for another race next year. I don’t want to focus on the hurt but I want it to hurt. So let’s focus on the good and on everything we’ve done. And let’s get it over with next time.



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