PROVO — It was senior night for the Timpview girls soccer team and the last time senior Megan Jackson would ever play on her high school field. If ever a time to shine, it was now.
The golden, game-clinching opportunity arose and she delivered with a goal in the final minutes to give Timpview a 2-1 victory over Maple Mountain Tuesday night.
Teammate Dallas Swenson crossed the ball from the left side, sending it bouncing off the right post and deflecting off goalie Kara Betts before Jackson came up with the miraculous finish.
"It felt so good," Jackson said. "It's my senior year. It's my last game on this turf. It felt super good to finish it off."
The goal sealed the victory in a battle that was well matched and hard fought throughout. Both goalies were kept busy in the net, making extraordinary saves. With numerous shots on goal from both sides, it could have gone either way.
In the end, it was Timpview's ability to get the ball into the net when it mattered most.
The Thunderbirds were first to get on the board in the 37th minute when senior captain Mary Mitton stole a pass, dribbled down through numerous Maple Mountain defenders and fired it into the back of the net with her left foot.
The half ended there with a Timpview lead of 1-0.
Maple Mountain, which has been turning heads in Class 4A lately with a big win over No. 1-ranked Timpanogos last week, opened the half with a vendetta. Top scoring sophomore Kennedee Tracy was on the receiving end of a beautiful cross from teammate Rachel Bingham just two minutes into the half, and she didn't disappoint.
She got the job done as she so often does, lighting it up with a perfect game-tying strike. The score of 1-1 would stay for much of the remainder of the game as the two teams' desire to win became very apparent as time wound down.
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"Last year we played in the state tournament and beat them in a shootout. Yeah, it's a rivalry," Timpview coach Rob Dahl said. "It's always a rivalry when you have two teams that know how to play good soccer."
Despite Maple Mountain's relentless offensive attack, they were unable to get one in the net, and Jackson's shining moment would seal the 2-1 win.
Coach Dahl was pleased with both his team's performance and the opportunity of playing such an excellent team in preparation for the state playoffs.
"To have a team (Maple Mountain) that is so talented and so well-coached is a nice measuring stick for us to see what we can do," Dahl said. "It was very well-matched."