PROVO — The ghosts of Timpview High's soccer field struck the Sky View girls soccer team for the third year in a row on Tuesday and helped the Thunderbirds move on in the 4A state playoffs with a 2-1 win.
Losing 1-0 in last year's quarterfinals to the Thunderbirds, the Bobcats road to the championship ended at Timpview as Sky View couldn't overcome two early goals in the first half.
"We have a mental thing here," said Sky View head coach Doyle Geddes. "I tell them we can beat this team, but there's just something about overcoming that mental thing."
Said Timpview head coach Jim Davis: "I feel bad for Doyle. I like his team. They come out here and they battle every year."
Keeping the ball on offense most of the first half, the Thunderbirds moved the ball effectively around the ends to set up their scoring opportunities in the midfield and get ahead of the Bobcats. Timpview's leading scorer, Candice Clark, put the Thunderbirds on the board, sneaking behind the defense and taking a quick pass from Kristina Nibley to go up 1-0.
Nibley got a chance to score herself in the 23rd minute with an open shot in the 18-yard box off an assist from Natalie Sudweeks, rifling it by Bobcat goalkeeper Jamilin Anderson for a 2-0 lead.
"I thought we moved the ball around really well and possessed the ball on the wings, which is what we wanted to do," Davis said.
After a couple near misses to score on Timpview goalkeeper Lindsey Freeze in the first 40 minutes, the Bobcats became the aggressor, keeping Freeze busy with shots from all over the field.
"They had to come out harder being down two goals, but we were playing the game we wanted to play," Davis said.
Sky View took advantage of a penalty kick midway through the second half. Nickole Canfield's shot past Freeze put the Bobcats back in the game, 2-1. Not pleased with the tripping penalty called on them, the Thunderbird defense held tight, continuing to put the pressure on Sky View. Needing a goal, the Bobcats rushed their possessions, shooting away a number of opportunities over the crossbar.
"My girls realized that they could move the ball and get shots," Geddes said. "It came to making some poor decisions and not punishing them with the looks we had. We had some great chances with the ball in front of the net. It's just unfortunate for us we didn't finish well today."
Timpview will play either Murray or Timpanogos in the next round.