NORTH LOGAN – The Green Canyon women’s soccer team stood in silence on Saturday afternoon watching Pine View visitors celebrate a 1-1 (4-3 on penalties) win in the quarter-finals of state tournament 4A.
During an intense physical affair, the favorites Wolves managed 23 shots compared to just nine shots from the visiting Panthers, but were unable to deliver the decisive shot.
“It breaks your heart, that’s for sure,” said Green Canyon head coach Sven Rasmussen. “Sometimes with football, you can be a better team based on certain things, but in the end Pine View wins. It’s very frustrating, but that’s why we play the real game. “
Second seed Wolves (12-5) came into the game hoping to build on their 4-1 win over Juan Diego on Wednesday but soon realized that the Panthers’ 10th seed (11-7) was a completely different animal than Soaring Eagle.
The first half was what some would call an exciting defensive affair, with Green Canyon amassing four shots compared to five from Pine View, and no real scoring chances.
Wolves held the majority of the ball, but the visitors’ back line remained strong, leaving the Green Canyon attackers uncomfortable and out of sync.
At the start of the second half, things started going smoothly for the hosts. Just two minutes later, junior Emma DeBerard created some space for herself and then launched a one from 23 yards into the top right corner for Green Canyon’s goal.
But 13 minutes later, Pine View responded. Junior Katelyn Leavitt’s cross into the box connected to senior head Mairen MacLellan and found his way behind the net.
For the rest of the rules, Green Canyon has several goalscoring opportunities, including attacks from Talia Winder and Kaizley Holbrook that go wide of the net.
But the Panthers stayed alive, taking advantage of their physique and the referee’s willingness to play to their advantage.
In extra time, both schools almost scored a golden goal.
Gracie Wheatley of Green Canyon fired one from 30 yards, and it bounced off the top post. Pine View responded with MacLellan’s header that would have gone on if it weren’t for a brilliant save by senior goalkeeper Brooke Watkins.
It all started with a penalty shootout. Things started badly for Wolves, with Holbrook missing and DeBerard’s shot blocked. Down 2-1 towards the third frame, senior Ryley Thompson responded with a goal. Winder and senior McKenna Crane would score in the fourth and fifth frames and, after Emma Loyd of Pine View hit one of the crossbar at the end of the fifth frame, it was 3-3.
In the sixth frame, senior Corey Thompson missed out on Wolves, and his next shot from Pine View was blocked. After Brooklyn Heap’s senior shot to start the seventh frame was blocked, MacLellan stepped in for the Panthers and scored, sending Pine View into the semifinals at Rio Tinto Stadium, and Green Canyon home.
For the Wolves, it was a valiant, but also frustrating endeavor as they graduated 10 seniors, including eight rookies.
“I am very proud of my girls. I think we played a pretty good game. I’m not going to go back and do woulda, coulda, shoulda, “said Rasmussen. “I just want to thank the seniors for all of their sacrifices and what they have done to build our program.”