Only two days after surviving a three-team tiebreaker just to make the playoffs, the Layton Lancers proved they mean business by stunning top-ranked and defending state champion Viewmont 2-1 Thursday.
On the Vikings' homefield, Layton forward Curt Whitesides pounded away from the front line to score both goals. A first-half goal was the only scoring before halftime. Then Viewmont's Jamie Knight tied the game early in the second half.Whitesides second goal came with seven minutes left on a sweeping shot from behind the 18-yard boxline. "It was a smoker of a shot," Layton coach Lynn Kofoed said. "It hit so hard it hit the left side of the net after striking the right post."
Defensively the Lancers were solid with goalkeeper David Rognon taming the Vikes. Adding more resistance in front of the net was stopper Dustin Stettler, earning the praise of Kofoed.
Layton will now play Bingham in Tuesday's quarterfinal at Mountain View.
In other 5A interregion games:
Jordan 1, Taylorsville 0 (OT): The Beetdiggers halted Region 3 champ Taylorsville with Josh Holfeltz's goal off an assist from Luis Staley. Teaming for the shutout were Paul Wilford and Larkin Noble.
Highland 2, Bonneville 1 (OT): Mark Pulver scored both goals for the Rams, with the game-winning shot in the first overtime. Josh Morgan scored for the Lakers. Highland will take on Jordan in the next round.
Hillcrest 2, Granger 0: Kyle Fiedler and Jeremy Anderson fired goals to boost the Huskies into a quarterfinal with Clearfield. Goalkeeper Zane Davis stopped the Lancers.
Brighton 5, Kearns 0: Kearns was no match for the Bengals as Shawn Stone and Jordan Labrum doubled up for two goals each. Ben Huber finalized the scoring to help Chris Martin post a goalie shutout.
Roy 3, Bountiful 0: Roy jumped into a quarterfinal with Brighton behind Justin Berger's two goals. Nick Thompson also scored for the Royals.
Bingham 3, Alta 2 (OT): Nate Murphy and Scott Richins both scored to give Alta a 2-1 lead. But it wasn't enough to stop Bingham's Brian Hessing from posting a hat trick. He was assisted by the passing of teammate Joe Cuevas.
Clearfield 2, Davis 1: Facing a 0-0 deadlock at the half, Erik Hughes and Mike Merrill both scored to lift the Falcons over Davis.