WOODS CROSS — In a matchup that pitted the top two teams from Region 5 on Friday, neither side managed to produce a win in a 0-0 double-overtime draw. The result meant that Woods Cross remains one point ahead of the Titans at the top of the region table with 19 points. Both teams have six matches remaining.
"We're not happy with the tie, but we're happy with the way we played," Woods Cross coach Kevin Rigby said. "We couldn't finish. That's the bottom line."
Both sides showed some promise throughout the match of producing goals. However, Woods Cross will be particularly disappointed it didn't break the deadlock. After outshooting Olympus in regulation, the Wildcats failed to capitalize on several quality chances in overtime.
In the third minute of overtime, Kenny Romney forced Olympus's deputy keeper David Carillo into a brilliant save. Carillo, who replaced Dustin Jensen in overtime because of injury, managed to push Romney 35-yard freekick over the bar.
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Sophomore David Gates had an excellent chance to win the game for Woods Cross in the second overtime, but his attempt at goal went wide. Gates also failed to hit the target off a pair of goal-attempts in the second half.
After watching his team struggle to maintain possession in the first half, Olympus coach Chris Sonntag pushed Midfielder's Brent Jensen and Pat Van Hien further into the attack. The move paid sub-
stantial dividends for the Titans, who held possession and carried most of the second-half play.
Jensen was particularly effective in maintaining possession and coordinating the Titan's offensive attacks.
"Brent, in my mind, is the best central-midfielder in the state," Sonntag said. "It's not just his soccer skills--his character is exceptional."
Jensen's ability recently earned him an invitational play with BYU's professional club soccer team. The Olympus captain is planning to join BYU in training after he graduates this June. He will play with the team for a full year before leaving on an LDS mission.
Bountiful's overtime 3-2 win over East means that the top three Region 5 teams are separated by just two points.
"It's a logjam at the top," Rigby said. "The ball's going to bounce in somebody's way."
Rigby was especially pleased with his team's performance because Woods Cross played without two of its starters. Leading-scorer Jeff Ferguson and sweeper Dan Harten were both unavailable because of a choir tour in Seattle, Washington.
As far as Olympus is concerned, Jensen thinks it's obvious what the Titans need to do to displace Woods Cross at the top of the table.
"The biggest thing is that we need to score," Jensen said.
In other games Friday:
BINGHAM 4, RIVERTON 1:Corey Ackerman and Jaron Wooley each scored twice for the Miners as Bingham earned another Region 2 win.
COPPER HILLS 0, HILLCREST 0 (2OT): Hillcrest and Copper Hills couldn't reach a decision after two overtime periods.
JORDAN 1, ALTA 1 (2OT): Jordan's Lance Tolbert scored an equalizing goal with two minutes left in the second half to force overtime. Neither team was able to score in the overtime to give each team their first tie of the season. Tony Messam was the lone goal-scorer for the Hawks.
BRIGHTON 2, WEST JORDAN 0: Brighton continued its dominance with a two-goal win over West Jordan. Jordan Bryner and Brett Selzer each scored for the Bengals while goalie Ashton Zubal earned the shutout. Ryan Miller held down the backfield for the Bengals.
TAYLORSVILLE 6, GRANGER 0:Brad Withers shut out Granger, and Jared Trussell and Chris Blymiller both had two goals in Taylorsville's win.
SKYLINE 4, COTTONWOOD 2:Justin Braun had the hat trick for Skyline to help the Eagles remain undefeated in region play. Matt Higginson added the fourth goal for Skyline while Nate Braun had two assists.
SKY VIEW 4, BOX ELDER 2:Eric Anderson's first-half hat trick led Sky View over the Bees.
BONNEVILLE 1, LOGAN 0:Jake Barker scored the game-winner, assisted by Ricky Gallagher, and Scott Klema earned the shutout in goal for Bonneville.
BOUNTIFUL 3, EAST 2 (OT):Sam Berg scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Bountiful edged East. Also scoring for Bountiful was Josh Siddoway. Paul Kimbrough and Matt Nelson scored second-half goals for East.
OLYMPUS 0, WOODS CROSS 0 (2OT): Woods Cross had several good chances to win the game in overtime, but the Wildcats couldn't find a winner over Olympus. The Titans' Brent Jensen played strong in midfield.
PLEASANT GROVE 6, AMERICAN FORK 1: Pleasant Grove needed a half to warm up as it dropped five goals on American Fork in the second half. Brett Waters and Mike Taylor each scored two goals.
LEHI 5, GRAND 0:Trevor Smith scored the hat trick for Lehi in a shutout win over Grand. Gary Glodowski earned the shutout for Lehi.
CARBON 9, WASATCH ACADEMY 2:Todd Palmer notched four goals along with three assists for Wasatch Academy in a blowout win over Wasatch Academy.
PINE VIEW 6, HURRICANE 0:Cade Newman's hat trick led the Panthers' offensive attack in their region victory over Hurricane. Quin Sheperd had several outstanding saves in goal to earn the shutout.
CANYON VIEW 2, DIXIE 1:
CEDAR 2, SNOW CANYON 0:Jorge Tapia and Nick Liebhardt scored to earn the win over Snow Canyon and remain undefeated in region play. Goalie Boo Haslam had the shutout for Ceder.
JUDGE MEMORIAL 3, UNION 0:Eric Bonn, Sean Finnegan and Chris Meade each scored for Judge in its Region 10 win over Union.
PARK CITY 4, GRANITE 0:Reid Baker, Matt Smith, Nic Tucker and Paul Loboschefsky each scored for the Miners in their Region 10 win over Granite.
MORGAN 7, GRANTSVILLE 0: Morgan scored three first-half goals and added four more in the second half to rout Grantsville.
Morgan goalie Kirk Walden earned the shoutout in goal.
BEAR RIVER 6, BEN LOMOND 3: Bear River scored two first-half goals and added four more in the second half to double up Ben Lomand. Preston Ridgon scored two goals for the Bears.
OGDEN 1, TOOELE 0: Ogden's Eric Kreamer scored a second-half goal to break the tie and pull out the win over Tooele. Goalie Blake Noseworthy earned the shutout in goal for the Tigers.
WATERFORD 6, ROWLAND HALL 0: Waterford produced four first-half goals en route to a shutout win against Rowland Hall. Kevin Pelo finished with two goals as Charlie Mimnaugh and Andy Phillips split the shutout.
TIMPVIEW 3, JUAN DIEGO 0:Salomon Jaar scored twice and Lance Smith ended with three assists as Timpview blanked Juan Diego.