LEHI — The Provo girls soccer team found a way to break a three-game losing streak and, according to coach Cesar Cardoso, played the hardest it has all year in a 2-1 win at Lehi on Thursday.
"Today we were very aggressive," said Cardoso. "They were able to play two halves well. We played smart and won the ball when we had to. We were first to the ball."
The result was a drastic turnaround from the first time the teams met three weeks ago.
In that game, Lehi took the early lead and dominated from start to finish on the way to a 3-0 win.
This time, Provo answered when the Pioneers went ahead early, and held on late in the second half for the win.
Chandra Salmon and BreeAnna Bowser recorded the goals for the Bulldogs on two unusual plays.
In the 26th minute, Lehi goalkeeper Tonya Smith came off her line to clear a long ball and launched a kick from just outside the box.
The kick bounced directly off Salmon, who was following the play and the ball rolled all the way back and inside the post for a goal.
In the 41st minute, Provo took the lead when Salmon made an off-balance touch on the ball, chipping a pass over her own shoulder near midfield and into the open field where Bowser was in position for an easy breakaway tap past Smith.
"They count don't they?" joked Cardoso. "We're a team that's still learning to win, that's learning how to play hard and win. For them, any win is a big one."
After Bowser's goal, Provo packed its defense in and kept Lehi's attack off-balance while the clock ran out.
Lehi's Amberlie Holley had the only real chance to score when she split the back line and had a breakaway in the 75th minute, but Bulldogs' goalkeeper Kristin Chambers was quick off her line to get in front of the shot and the ball rolled wide of the goal.
"It was a very big win for us," said Cardoso. "We hope to keep it up and win one or two more games and make it to state."
Aleisha Jex scored Lehi's goal in the 11th minute, rebounding a deflected shot by a teammate.
The loss drops the Pioneers out of serious contention for the Region 7 championship. Lehi is now two wins behind the region leaders.
Meanwhile, the win puts Provo back in position to secure a playoff spot with three games left to play.
In other prep soccer games Thursday:
VIEWMONT 3, LAYTON 1:Erin Dalley netted two goals for the Vikings in the region win over the Lancers. Clancee Miller had a great overall game for Viewmont, scoring a goal and assisting on another.
WEBER 4, FREMONT 1: Behind great play from the defense, the Warriors were able to pick up the region win over the Silver Wolves. Hilary Anger scored twice with Samantha Anger and Noel Meyer each adding one for Weber. Bre Perkes scored for Fremont.
SKYLINE 2, TAYLORSVILLE 1:Jessica Wortley and Shannon Larsen scored first half goals to lift the Eagles over the Warriors.
ALTA 1, JORDAN 0:Nicole Urry scored the game-winning goal in the sixth minute and Amanda Condie picked up the shutout for the Hawks.
BRIGHTON 1, HILLCREST 0: The Bengals scored early in the first half and that was enough in a win over the Huskies.
RIVERTON 2, HUNTER 1:Shelby Ostler and Emmy Jeppson each tallied goals, leading the Silverwolves to victory over the Wolverines. Marene Gomez scored for Hunter.
KEARNS 4, COPPER HILLS 2: The Cougars outpaced the Grizzlies in the second half, notching the 4-2 win. Elisa Monson had two goals for Kearns. Jamie Vangrol had two assists for the Cougars. Oralie Gutierrez was the winning goalie.
BINGHAM 9, WEST JORDAN 0:Tasha Aiono recorded the hat trick helping the Miners stay undefeated in region play with a victory over the Jaguars. Bingham's offense was equally spread out with six different players scoring a goal. Crystal Weldon and Sarah Hansen shared the shutout in goal.
AMERICAN FORK 4, PLEASANT GROVE 1:Lindsay Voorheis scored twice for the Cavemen in American Fork's 4-1 win over Pleasant Grove. April Hansen was the winning goalkeeper.
LONE PEAK 3, MOUNTAIN VIEW 1:Shantel Flanary scored twice and Whitley Murdoch added another goal in the Knights' victory over the Bruins.
TIMPANOGOS 8, SPANISH FORK 0:Noelle Sanders and Stacey Bartholomew led the Timberwolves with two goals each and Jessica Nelson, Megan Richardson, Mallory Jaramillo and Karley Nelson each hit the back of the net in the win.
BONNEVILLE 5, BOX ELDER 0:Jessie Baddley led the Lakers with two goals and Roxie McFarland, Kristen Robinson, and Emily Freshman each added one in the victory over the Bees. Molly Daines recorded the shutout for the Lakers.
BOUNTIFUL 3, ROY 0: Three players scored for the Braves in their win over the Royals. Molli Merril was the winning goalkeeper. Jenny Noakes played good defense for Bountiful.
SKY VIEW 3, MOUNTAIN CREST 2:Kayla Conover notched two goals and Nicole Archibald added another as the Bobcats defeated the Mustangs. Kim Olsen scored for Mountain Crest.
WEST 6, GRANGER 1:Alyce Carrier and Laurel Ghoshroy each had a pair of goals and Barbara Woodbury and Chloe Rose each added a goal in the Panthers' victory. Rosey Bassette scored the lone goal for the Lancers.
EAST 1, HIGHLAND 0 (OT):Jane Phillips scored the game- winning goal in overtime for the Leopards and Claire McConkie picked up the shutout.
OLYMPUS 2, COTTONWOOD 0:Goalie Tenly Rawlings kept the Colts scoreless in the Titans' 2-0 win. Diane Tempest and Rebecca Reed each had goals for Olympus.
OREM 8, PAYSON 0:Aly Tucker picked up her fourth shutout of the season as the Tigers defeated the Lions. Jamie Lyons and Anne Shallenberger each had a pair of goals for Orem and Chelsey Norton, Ashlee Kamoe, Kaitlyn Thomas, and Kelsea Park added one each in the victory.
SPRINGVILLE 2, TIMPVIEW 0:Hannah Silvey earned the shutout for the Red Devils. Jessica Rodgers scored first , assisted by Crosby Joyner. Karissa Henage also scored a goal, assisted by Sydney Hamilton.
JUAN DIEGO 9, NORTH SANPETE 0: The Soaring Eagle kept its region record perfect with a domination of the Hawks. Kara Vitacca had a hat trick, and six other players added a single goal in the win. Catherine Turnerdrown and Jenna Speare split time in net for the shutout.
DIXIE 3, PINE VIEW 1:McCall Rynearson, Kylee McArthur and Kalehua Harward each hit the back of the net in the Flyers' win, and Michelle Judd scored the lone goal for the Panthers.
SNOW CANYON 3, CEDAR 1:Ashley Timo, Rabecca Ricks and Kayla Overfelt each knocked in a goal in the Warriors' victory over the Redmen.
PARK CITY 7, JUDGE MEMORIAL 0: The Miners trounced the Bulldogs as they kept their undefeated season alive. Marlee Davis scored twice and five other players tallied once. Alex Phillips got the shutout in goal.
WASATCH 4, UINTAH 0: The Wasps had four scorers in their win over the Utes. Becca Knapp recorded the shutout. Kim Parker had two assists for Wasatch.
TOOELE 1, BEAR RIVER 0:Alexis Bird recorded the shutout for the Buffaloes in Tooele's 1-0 win over the Bears. Kaytlin Allen scored the lone goal.
BEN LOMOND 2, GRANTSVILLE 1:Sam Burnett and McKenzie Fabero led the Scots by scoring a goal a piece, defeating the Cowboys in a close contest. Samme Jensen scored for Grantsville.
ROWLAND HALL 8, SOUTH SUMMIT 1:Victoria Heagy led the Winged Lion with a hat trick, earning the win over the Wildcats. Jennie VanWagner and Karen Bell each scored two goals and Liz Elliot added another for Rowland Hall. Katie Naft scored for South Summit.
MILLARD 1, ST. JOSEPH 0: After a scoreless first half, Loraina Aleman put Millard up for good with a goal in the second half. Kelsey Davis picked up the shutout.