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Orem rallies vs. Mountain View

From left, Orem's Kaci McNiel, Anne Shallenberger, Kaitlyn Thomas, Steinia Dort and Jamie Lyons celebrate a goal in the final minutes of regulation Tuesday to send the game into overtime, in which they managed to defeat Mountain View.
From left, Orem's Kaci McNiel, Anne Shallenberger, Kaitlyn Thomas, Steinia Dort and Jamie Lyons celebrate a goal in the final minutes of regulation Tuesday to send the game into overtime, in which they managed to defeat Mountain View.
Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News

DRAPER — All the Orem girls soccer team needed was one break. Down a goal to Mountain View in the 4A semifinals on Tuesday, the Tigers suddenly found a magic touch, and turned a miserable performance into a 2-1 overtime win.

Trailing 1-0, Anne Shallenberger scored an equalizing goal just minutes before full time, and it was as if the entire Orem team suddenly rose from the dead. Less than a minute into the first overtime, Ashley Kamoe won the game when she dropped her high-arching shot just under the cross bar.

"For 77 minutes of the game I didn't believe we had it in us," said Orem coach Ed Louder. "Then we started actually showing some heart."

Orem had fallen behind late in the first half when Abbey Cotant scored a wonder goal for Mountain View. The junior forward struck a ball from deep down the left touchline that nestled into the far corner, well out of reach of the goalkeeper.

The Tigers spent the next 40 minutes chasing the ball without much luck.

Finally, in the 77th minute, Shallenberger was sent through the back line and one-touched a shot near the top of the box straight into the back of the net.

"It was like the weight of the world off our shoulders," said Louder. "We finally found a way to score other than a set piece. As we got into the last 10 minutes of regulation and in overtime, we started playing our kind of game. I felt confident that we could win it."

Mountain View had settled into a defensive mode and had a hard time transitioning back once the score was tied. Orem made short work of the overtime with a goal that probably wouldn't go in most days.

Kamoe got the ball 25 yards off the line and sent a kick high in the air. The ball dropped at a steep enough angle that the goalkeeper could only get a glancing touch on it before it fell over the line.

"I just kicked it," said Kamoe. "I'm not sure what happened. I just let all my energy into that one kick. I was stunned."

The goal probably seemed a little bit unfair to Mountain View. The Bruins had the better of play for most of the game, but couldn't put things away in the second half. Shallenberger's goal was the first the team had allowed in the playoffs.

"We kind of lucked out," said Louder. "Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, I guess. It was a great effort by both teams. Both teams battled."

Orem will face Highland in the 4A finals on Saturday. Both of those teams will be playing for their first-ever championship.