When Provo beat Ben Lomond twice in a row last year to win the 3A soccer championship, most of the credit was given to Christian Cabrera, who was the star of the team and the eventual 3A MVP.
Cabrera is now a senior at Provo and although he was suited up Friday when the Bulldogs played the Scots, he wasn't much of a factor in Provo's 5-4 overtime shootout victory at Bingham High.Early in the second half, Cabrera, who had scored both Provo goals in the first-round upset of Jordan, went down with a sprained right ankle. But it didn't deter the Bulldogs, who hung in there and finally won when sophomore Tyrone Farillas blasted a shot into the left corner of the goal in sudden-death.
With the win, Provo moves on as one of two unbeaten teams in the double-elimination tournament to play Judge Monday at 6 p.m.
Provo and Ben Lomond had ended up tied 1-1 and after two 10-minute overtime periods were still deadlocked. That meant it was shootout time and each squad had their five best players take turns firing at the opposing goalkeeper.
Both goalkeepers, Jason Patzke of Provo and Brandon Stevens of Ben Lomond made a couple of saves. The Scots had converted on three goals to Provo's two when it came time for Provo's last shooter. It was the goalie, Patzke, who kept his team alive with a hard shot to the left side.
Later Patzke shrugged off the pressure of being the goalkeeper in the shootout. "I've been through that a lot," he said. And what about the pressure of keeping your team alive by making a goal? "Now that was different," he said with a smile.
In the second round of the sudden-death, after a Ben Lomond miss, Farillas won the game with his shot.
"It was right where I wanted it," said Farillas. "I felt a little pressure, but I knew I had to do it."
Although both teams threatened early, neither team could get on the scoreboard until the Scots' Tad Neuenswander scored off a rebound with just four minutes left in the half.
In the second half, the Bulldogs had the strong north wind behind them and they quickly took advantage as Davin Lundquist put in a header 12 minutes into the half. Less than a minute later. Cabrera went down with his injured ankle.
Judge 2, Mountain Crest 1
In the last game of the night, the Bulldogs had to hold off a late rally by the Mustangs to stay unbeaten.
Dane Carlson scored 18 minutes into the game and Nate Simerad added a goal in the opening minutes of the second half. The Bulldogs were on cruise control, when suddenly Mark Daines lofted in a goal for the Mustangs with three minutes left. The Mustangs nearly scored off a throw-in by Bobby Waldron, but the Bulldogs held on to the win.
Jordan 5, Springville 2
Billy Shalz scored three goals as the Region 6 champion Beetdiggers bounced back from their first-round upset loss to Provo with a victory over the Region 8 champion Red Devils.
After Casey Warren had put Springville up 1-0, Shalz came back to score twice and put Jordan ahead for good. Curt Myrick added another goal before half and in the second half Shalz and Khamp Inthovong put the Beetdiggers up 5-2, before Jon Bailey scored for the Red Devils. Jordan meets Mountain Crest Monday at 2:30 p.m.
Timpview 3, Uintah 0
Scott Manwwaring scored in the first half and Jason Cook and Hugh Smith scored in the second half for the T-birds. The rest was up to goalie Doug Henstrom and the T-Bird defense, which kept the Utes from scoring. Timpview plays Ben Lomond Monday at 4:15 p.m.