OREM — The Lone Peak girls soccer team quelled any doubts that it is a serious contender and became the instant favorite to win Region 4 with a 4-3 victory Thursday over Timpanogos.
On the opening day of region play, the Knights knocked off the preseason favorites and handed the Timberwolves their first region loss in nearly two years.
Mikala Wilkes scored two goals and Lauren Hair had the game-winner in the second half for Lone Peak.
"I don't know if we can slide under the radar anymore," said Lone Peak coach Mike Lahargoue. "We've already won more then we did all of last year."
Lone Peak gave up an early goal, and for the first few minutes it looked as if Timpanogos had come out ready to defend its home field, but the Knights scored three goals in the first half and never looked back.
Stacy Bartholomew made an individual run through the defense in the seventh minute and slid a shot past the keeper to put the T-Wolves ahead.
In the 18th minute Lone Peak was awarded a penalty kick when Hair was pulled down in the penalty box. Wilkes made the shot to tie the game, and the Knights rattled off two more goals before halftime to take control of the match.
Emily Zippi scored in the 26th minute, deflecting in a cross from Jane Ann Patch. One official appeared to signal offsides on the play, but the go-ahead goal was allowed.
In the 33rd minute, Timpanogos goalkeeper Allanna Snowden couldn't hold onto a save on a free kick, and Wilkes tapped in the loose ball.
"We took advantage of some breaks we got," said Lahargoue. "We knew if we didn't play well they would bury us. We didn't play awesome, but we played well enough."
Timpanogos maintained possession and made some good attacks to open up the second half. When Noelle Sanders scored in the 43rd minute it looked as if the T-Wolves might take control of the game, but they couldn't get any closer.
Hair turned and put in a shot from 19 yards out in the 67th minute to put her team back up by two goals and secure the win.
"You're fighting hard to get back within one, and then we give away another," said Timpanogos coach Jeni Viernes. "We can't let ourselves get in a hole that far, and we've got to fight harder from the beginning."
Sanders headed in a desperation goal off a cross from Jennifer Nielson in the 78th minute, but time ran out before the T-Wolves could mount another attack.