On a day in which Olympus honored its senior class, the Titans got a big boost from a couple of sophomores to rally past Cyprus 7-3 in wet, sloppy conditions Tuesday afternoon.
"It was not the best we've played," said coach Katie Grisley. "We managed the win, and it's nice to know that we can win even when we have an off day."
Part of the reason Olympus may have been off was the weather. The first half was played in a steady downpour that limited the vision of players and fans alike. The field began to yield to puddles that would sometimes stop a pass dead in its path. The slick and windy conditions contributed to a high-scoring first half.
Just three minutes into the game, Cyprus got a lift from Felicia Jensen. She took the ball in the left corner of the penalty box and fired a shot that lofted perfectly over the head of goalie Tenley Rawlings and into the back of the net for the early lead.
Olympus responded by taking control of the play in the middle and putting constant pressure on the Pirates' defense. The attacking style paid off when Laura Lyons equalized in the 15th minute by knocking a ball into the net when she found it bouncing in the middle after a corner kick.
The rest of the half belonged to the Olympus underclassmen. Sophomores Rachel Perkins and Diane Tempest each scored a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes of the half. Perkins scored her first goal when Tempest fired a cross to the middle from the right side and Perkins one-touched the ball in the net. Perkins scored her second goal after intercepting a clearing attempt and raced in and beat the keeper with a shot to the back post. Although only a sophomore, it was Perkins team-leading 12th goal on the year.
Tempest scored the next two goals when she first followed in a cross from Molly Shaw, and then tried a cross of her own that deflected off the defender directly in front of her and caromed into the net at a funny angle. Tempest is second on the team with 10 goals on the year.
"I think I have been coming on strong in the second half of the season, " said Tempest. "I've learned to finish my opportunities better. I can put it in the net when I get the chance now compared to the beginning of the year."
Despite the deficit, Cyprus continued to play hard and was rewarded when Kirstie Henriod and Mariana Ramiro each netted a goal in the late minutes of the game. Olympus got its other two goals as Arica Van Tussenbroek and Lindsey Adamson each scored once.
The win keeps Olympus in third place in Region 6, and sets the team up for a playoff spot. but according to Tempest, just making the playoffs may not be enough. She felt that the Titans have something that separates them that can lead to success in the tournament.
"We have an incredible work ethic," said Tempest. "We all work really hard, and if we keep working this hard we can finish the season strong and then go far in the playoffs."
In other soccer games on Tuesday:
VIEWMONT 1, WEBER 0: Michelle Gilmore had four saves in the second half to preserve the shutout victory for the Vikings. Erin Dalley scored the lone goal in the game in the first half.
CLEARFIELD 1, LAYTON 0: Haley Hall had a good game for the Falcons in a 1-0 win while Aubrey Marion scored the lone goal in the game. Aleena Shelton recorded the shutout in goal.
NORTHRIDGE 7, FREMONT 0: Nikisha Fernandes scored four goals to lead the Knights to a 7-0 win over the Silver Wolves. Sarah Naranjo had two goals and Celsy Adams added another. Breanna Fitzgerald recorded the shutout in the net.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 4, PLEASANT GROVE 2: The Bruins capitalized on the Vikings' early sloppy play and never let Pleasant Grove back in the game. Erin Salmon scored two goals in the 4-2 victory.
LONE PEAK 13, SPANISH FORK 0:Lauren Hair and Emily Zippi both had hat tricks for the Knights in a 13-0 victory. Hailey Brown recorded the shutout. Six other players scored for Lone Peak.
TIMPANOGOS 2, AMERICAN FORK 1:Stacey Bartholomew headed in a cross from Dana Oldroyd with less than ten minutes remaining to put the Timberwolves ahead of the Cave Men for good. Jennifer Nielsen scored in the first half to put the Timberwolves ahead and Adrienne Schneider equalized the game.
BONNEVILLE 1, BOUNTIFUL 0: Jessie Baddley scored the lone goal for the Lakers while keeper Molly Aines recorded the shutout.
SKY VIEW 1, ROY 0: The Bobcats got the shutout over the Royals when Lataya Schafer scored the game's only goal. Keeper Lindsey Nielsen recorded her seventh shutout.
WOODS CROSS 4, MOUNTAIN CREST 4 (2OT): Wildcats' Andrea Dixon and Mustangs' Kim Olsen each scored two goals as the two teams finished in a tie. Wildcats' Kassidy Christensen, Kelly Robinson and Mustangs' Liz Tracy and Erika Mourtinsen also scored goals.
EAST 5, GRANGER 3: East won as Erika Cook and Maggie Schmidt had two goals each. Rosey Bassett had a hat trick in a losing cause while East used three different keepers.
HIGHLAND 1, WEST 0: The Rams beat the Panthers 1-0 in a defensive match. Megan Reichman scored the contests only goal in the first half. MaKensie Pratt was the winning goalkeeper.
COTTONWOOD 1, MURRAY 1 (2OT): Spartans' Marrisa Epperson assisted on Tina Wilardson's goal and Canada Clawson equalized the game, both in the second half but defense prevailed the rest of the way, including both overtimes.
OLYMPUS 7, CYPRUS 3: Rachel Perkins recorded a hat trick for the Titans in a 7-3 win over the Pirates. Diane Tempest added two more goals for Olympus. Three players scored for Cyprus.
OREM 2, SPRINGVILLE 1: The Tigers played a good possession game for the first 38 minutes of the first half and held on to win 2-1 over the Red Devils. Neither team found the net in the second half. Aly Tucker was the winning goalie.
PROVO 13, PAYSON 0:Chandra Salmon scored eight goals for the Bulldogs in a 13-0 win over the Lions. Cami Brimhall and Amber Wadsworth each added two more goals for Provo. Keeper Kristen Chimbers earned the shutout.
TIMPVIEW 2, LEHI 0:Kristina Nibley and Camy Carman each scored goals in the second half as Susan Vogtman and the Thunderbird defense shutdown the Pioneers.
GRAND 3, CARBON 1:Silvia Bentley scored twice and Brittney Tibbetts added another strike for the Red Devils victory.
NORTH SANPETE 3, DELTA 1: The Hawks strong second half keyed the victory over the Rabbits. Aubre Poulson scored twice for North Sanpete. Arwen Lott added another goal for the winning cause. McKenzie Petersen scored the lone goal for Delta.
JUAN DIEGO 12, GRANITE 0: In a scoring bonanza the Scoring Eagle clinched a share of the Region 8 championship while Mary Rosenbury played solid from her defensive midfield position.
DIXIE 6, CEDAR 2: Three Flyers scored two goals each in a blowout of the Redmen. Ashley White was the winning keeper.
CANYON VIEW 2, SNOW CANYON 2 (2OT): The Warriors' Marci Kindred and Ashley Parry each scored goals in the first half but couldn't hold off the Falcons in the second half leaving the game in a tie.
JUDGE MEMORIAL 2, WASATCH 1:Morgan Rockwell scored both goals for the Bulldogs in their region victory.
PARK CITY 8, UNION 0:Kelly Isleib and Marlee Davis each had two goals to guide the Miners to a 8-0 victory. The game came to an end just a few minutes into the second half due to thunder and lightning.
BEN LOMOND 2, BEAR RIVER 0: The Scots avenged their only Region 11 loss with a 2-0 win over the Bears. Jordan Greenfield scored the first goal, assisted by Lindsey Boden. Shayla McComb had the other goal while Brandy Knotts recorded the shutout.
LOGAN 4, GRANTSVILLE 2: The Grizzlies beat the Cowboys 4-2. Mileena Buchei and Jane Hiatt scored goals for Grantsville while Logan's scorers were not available.
TOOELE 1, OGDEN 0: For the first time in Tooele girl's soccer history, the White Buffalos beat the Tigers. Meredith Nigh scored the only goal on a header off of an assist from Brooklyn Bown. Alexis Bird notched the win in goal.
WATERFORD 8, ST. JOSEPH 0:Chelsea Bridgewater recorded the shutout for the Ravens in a 8-0 win over the Jayhawks. Lanie Ward, Annie Judd and Nicole Taylor each had two goals for Waterford. Ward and Judd scored goals off of headers.
MILLARD 3, ROWLAND HALL 2:Valerie Ortega scored twice and teammate Loraina Aleman netted one goal as the Eagles' defense held off a furious second-half comeback attempt by the Winged Lion.