A year ago, Ben Lomond was a 4A semifinalist. This time around the No. 1-ranked Scots were appearing in the 3A semis, and naturally everybody figured they were the team to beat.
Everybody except second-ranked Park City. The Miners handed the Scots their first loss of the season with a 4-0 pounding at Lindquist Field."You've got to beat the best to be the best," Park City coach Cheryl Cook said. "They're a great team, but I don't think they expected to lose 4-0."
Park City can thank two things for its shot at the state title: Ben Lomond's mental mistakes and Ryan Tolpinrud's goalkeeping.
The freshman keeper played flawlessly. She went low. She went high. She dove side to side. The soccer ball never had a chance. Tolpinrud made many difficult saves look easy by positioning herself perfectly before each shot.
"(She) played amazing. She was there, she was confident and she's only a freshman," Cook said.
The Miners struck first in the fifth minute when Allison Earn-shaw headed in a Brittany Esty cross. Lori Barnes made it 2-0 15 minutes later on a penalty kick. It was the first of two PKs for Barnes, as she added another late in the game.
Giving the unbeaten Miners two freebies is almost like throwing in the towel. "They're a good team, but we just came out flat." Ben Lomond coach Don Greenfield said. "There were a lot of mental mistakes."
Park City's other goal came just before halftime after Barnes' free kick was redirected in by Esty.
Ogden 2, Snow Canyon 0: Don't tell Ogden the other semifinal was the real state championship game. Behind goals from Casey Covieo and Katie Critchlow, the Tigers set up a 3A showdown with Park City today at 1 p.m.
Today's title games
At Lindquist Field, Ogden
3A - 1 p.m.
- Park City vs. Ogden
4A - 3 p.m.
- East vs. Roy
5A - 5 p.m.
- Alta vs. Brighton