HIGHLAND — The Lone Peak girls soccer team cleared its last hurdle and claimed a third consecutive outright Region 4 championship with a win over Timpanogos on Tuesday.
The Knights knocked off the only team left with a chance to catch them, pulling away with a few late goals to win 4-1. Up until the last few minutes, the game was close and Timpanogos threw everything it had at the Knights. But, it was Lone Peak's day.
"I'm happy for my seniors," said Lone Peak coach Mike LaHargoue. "There was a lot more parity this year than there was the last couple of years."
Lone Peak only needed a tie to clinch the championship, and spent a lot of the game defending and playing counter attacks. Timpanogos had a few scoring chances but had a tough time getting to the goal, especially in the second half.
"We weren't necessarily playing for a tie, but we were playing defense," said LaHargoue. "We were content with playing good, solid defense and countering."
Timpanogos ended up losing the game when it couldn't put away a couple of chances it had in the first half. The T-Wolves used their best defender, Dana Oldroyd, to shadow Shantel Flanary, the Knights' main scoring threat. That kept Lone Peak's offense at bay, but Timpanogos hit the cross bar once, and missed a one-on-one chance in the opening minutes.
Six minutes into the second half, the Knights' breakthrough came on a set piece. A cleared corner kick fell at the feet of Reannon King on the edge of the area. The junior defender picked her spot in the upper corner and the shot deflected off the goalkeeper's gloves and in.
Less than 15 minutes later, the lead was doubled. Lone Peak won a free kick near the goal line. The ball sailed passed the keeper to the far post where Megan Smith headed it in.
"We didn't have a lot of chances, but we definitely made good of the ones we did have," said LaHargoue.
Timpanogos threw everyone forward and pulled a goal back six minutes from time when Marissa Unbedacht scored, but Lone Peak hit the back of the net twice more in the final two minutes
Flanary set up Lora Katzenbach in the 78th minute, and then scored herself in stoppage time against a tired defense.
"It was well fought on both sides," said Timpanogos coach Natalyn Lewis. "They finished and we didn't. It will sting for a little while, but the region title doesn't mean much when you get to state."