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Mountain View wins in shootout at Murray

Mountain View's Anjie Lines, left, battles with Murray's Abbie Lever on Tuesday.
Mountain View's Anjie Lines, left, battles with Murray's Abbie Lever on Tuesday.
Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News

MURRAY — Mountain View's prospects of advancing past the first round of the 4A state tournament didn't look good Tuesday after 100 minutes of soccer failed to produce a winner or even a goal.

Shootouts are nerve-wracking enough to begin with, but for the visiting Bruins that was especially true considering that towering Murray keeper Shaylyn Kennedy was a much more intimidating presence than Mountain View's pint-size keeper Aja Domingo.

Oh yeah, and for good measure, Mountain View was 0-for-5 on penalty kicks during the regular season, which didn't bode well for coach Sarah Atuaia's team heading into the shootout.

Few would've predicted it, but the underdog saved the day for the Bruins. Domingo made three saves, including the game-winning save on the seventh round of penalty kicks as Mountain View prevailed in the shootout 3-2 to advance to Thursday's quarterfinal.

"She's small, but she has tons of heart and she's our MVP for today," said Atuaia.

The Bruins will host Olympus after the Titans pulled off a stunning first-round upset over No. 1 Bountiful in a shootout as well on Tuesday.

If that quarterfinal match ends up in a shootout, Mountain View would be wise not to live on the edge so much.

After Mountain View's Katelyn Frost and Murray's Ellen Larsen opened the shootout with successful penalties, Kennedy saved two straight shots to give the Spartans a 2-1 edge as teammate Kylie Hunt connected on Murray's second attempt.

"Some of the girls that came back were crying, and I just said, 'guys we're a team, you already look defeated we've got to stick together and cheer on the girls that are still going,'" said Atuaia.

It's easy to see why the Bruins were so deflated though. Not only was all the momentum on Murray's side, but the Spartans were in great position to up the shootout tally to an insurmountable 3-1 as Kennedy prepared to take her team's third attempt.

Domingo made a spectacular diving save to deny Kennedy, the first of five straight misses for Murray. Two of those misses would've punched Murray's ticket to the quarterfinals, but in the end it was sisters who got the job done for Mountain View. Auna Janis buried the penalty that made it 2-2 and Shalayne Janis pushed that advantage to 3-2 setting the stage for Domingo's game-clinching save.

As for Domingo, who was mobbed by teammates after the save, she said, "I knew I had to be there for my team and my coaches. We've worked too hard this season, and I didn't want to go home."

During regulation and overtime, neither team could establish a consistent attack, with most scoring attempts coming from ambitious shots from outside the penalty area.

"They had a great defense. They shutout down some of our top goal scorers," said Atuaia. "We didn't have very many clean looks on goal."