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Alta blisters Timpanogos, reaches final

Alta's Summer Tillotson, left, and Timpanogos' Courtney Hollan battle for the ball during Tuesday's state semifinal game.
Alta's Summer Tillotson, left, and Timpanogos' Courtney Hollan battle for the ball during Tuesday's state semifinal game.
Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News

DRAPER — The Alta Hawks are on a roll. They are scoring goals at a staggering pace, while allowing few scores on defense.

After Tuesday's 7-0 dismantling of Timpanogos in the 5A semifinals, Alta has outscored its three playoff opponents by a combined 24-1.

"We are just trying to play our game and things are being taken care of on the field," said junior forward Ashley Jones. "We think that when we play our best soccer, nobody can touch us."

Nobody has.

With the dangerous scoring combo of Kealia Ohai and Jones up top, teams are finding that the Alta attack is potent. The pair combined for five goals to help push the Hawks back to the 5A title game.

Ohai got Alta on the scoreboard early. In the ninth minute, midfielder Natalie Cude got to a through ball on the right side. She sent a ball to the middle and right to the feet of Ohai, who simply tapped it in.

"Nat did a great job getting the ball to me where all I had to do was finish," Ohai said. "I think getting that goal so early really calmed us down, settled us into the game. Once we got that goal you could almost feel our confidence grow and we started to really play our game."

The Hawks added a second goal just three minutes later as Cude was on the receiving end this time. Summer Tillotson crossed the ball on a corner kick. Cude got her head on it, but the keeper was right there to deflect it. The ball went straight back to Cude's feet, and she hit it home for the 2-0 lead.

"Natalie does a great job in the air," said Hawks coach Lee Mitchell. "She has scored quite a few goals with her head because she practices it all the time and really goes after it."

After taking the lead to the break, Alta poured it on in the second half. Tillotson scored in the 49th minute, and Jones scored in the 53rd and 55th minutes. Ohai added her second goal in the 71st minute, and Jones completed her hat trick in the 73rd.

While Ohai has gotten most of the attention with her 28 goals on the season, Jones leads the team in goals during the playoffs and has 19 on the season.

"She is a terrific player," said Mitchell. "She just goes about her business. With the two of them up top, Ashley sometimes goes unnoticed, but that is a dangerous mistake for the other team."

Jones, however, doesn't mind not getting all the publicity.

"It's fine by me," Jones said. "I love playing for this team and doing whatever is necessary for us to win. Kealia and I feed off each other pretty well. If one of us isn't scoring, the other one does."

Alta faces Lone Peak in a rematch of the 2006 championship Saturday at noon at Juan Diego.