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High school girls soccer: Mackenzie Breiter scores a hat trick as Mountain View defeats Murray, 3-2 in 5A quarterfinals

Mountain View’s Mackenzie Breiter (16) take a s shot at the goal while defended by Murray’s Kyah Karr (29) during the first half of a 5A quarterfinal girls soccer match at Murray Park in Murray on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Mountain View won the match 3-2.
Mountain View’s Mackenzie Breiter (16) take a shot at the goal while defended by Murray’s Kyah Karr (29) during the first half of a 5A quarterfinal girls soccer match at Murray Park in Murray on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Mountain View won the match 3-2.
Colter Peterson, Deseret News

MURRAY — Down 1-0, Mountain View needed someone to step up and take a penalty kick. Mackenzie Breiter is not one of the Bruins’ normal penalty-kick takers, but she stepped up and took it anyway.

“This morning before the game, we practiced some penalty kicks and one of my teammates on the field was like, ‘You should do it. You were shooting really well this morning,’ and I said, ‘OK, I’m going to do it.’ I just decided and stepped up,” Breiter said.

Breiter powered the penalty kick past the Murray goalkeeper for her first of three goals in a 3-2 victory in the 5A quarterfinals.

“She just walked up and took it, and that’s what we’ve been waiting for, just the confidence. You saw what she can do. She can change the game in a hurry like she did three times today,” Mountain View head coach Brent Hirschi said.

Breiter’s two other goals came in the run of play in the second half. The Bruins took the lead with 16 minutes left in the game as Breiter found the top corner of the net. With two minutes remaining, she scored again to make it 3-1.

“The defense parted, I had my opportunity and I put my head down and just went for it,” Breiter said. “It was pretty unbelievable. I have an awesome team behind me and I think that’s the main reason why I was able to make it happen.”

Murray struck first in the match on a Sydney Wilcken goal that looped over Mountain View’s goalkeeper before Breiter leveled the game. Moments after Breiter made it 3-1, Sammie Sofonia hit a rocket to bring the Spartans within one goal before time expired.

Mountain View turned a close game at halftime and was able to pull away.

“We get a little bit of momentum and we just had a chat with them at halftime. They didn’t need the coaches, they were ready to go. The team has been resilient all year whenever we’ve been down, they’ve never been mentally down — they don’t ever give up,” Hirschi said. “It takes a spark, and offensively speaking, Kenzie Breiter was that spark.”

Hirschi also gave credit to his back line and goalkeeper for doing their part in the win.

For Breiter, the win was a “coming out party” of sorts as she earned a hat trick.

“The kid has all of the tools, all of the abilities, and it’s just been a matter of time before she had her coming out party, where she arrived like she did, and on this stage, at this level. She stepped up,” Mountain View head coach Brent Hirschi said.

Hirschi, who has coached Breiter for three years, was emotional after the game, picking her up after the win.

“I started coaching three years ago and she was a freshman. In her very first two first games, she scored three goals against Timpanogos and Timpview, and I was so excited for her and her potential and her future. It’s been a little bit of a rougher journey than I had anticipated, but I just continued to encourage her and try to help her see what she’s capable of. These past three games in the tournament, we don’t win these games without her,” Hirschi said.