PROVO — In a battle between two of Region 8's top two girl's soccer teams, Maple Mountain defeated Timpview on the road 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Golden Eagles used an assertive and effective attack in the second half to pull out the come-from-behind win.
Maple Mountain got off to a slow start, allowing Timpview to jump out to an early lead courtesy of a Lindsee Moffat goal in the 33rd minute. For the rest of the half, the Thunderbirds controlled the flow of the game, but missed on numerous scoring opportunities — unable to build on their 1-0 lead.
Maple Mountain felt fortunate to be down by only a goal given its uninspired and tentative play. Coach Jeff Lake aimed to turn things in the second half — telling his players in very clear terms that they needed to pick up their level of play.
"I just showed my frustration with their play in the first half," said Lake. "I think they got the message without me having to yell at them and I was very pleased with how we came out in the second and the adjustments we were able to make."
Maple Mountain looked like a different team in the second half — possessing the ball a lot more, leading to numerous scoring opportunities. In the 63rd minute it finally made true on a scoring opportunity with Kaitlyn Bailey scoring on a cross from Elise Flake.
"We had been working on crossing and finishing a lot," said Lake. "We missed on a lot of those our last game that we lost to Timpanogos, but the work paid off and Kaitlyn was able to score."
The Golden Eagles remained aggressive and scored again in the 74th minute with Baily and Flake's roles reversed. Bailey sent in a cross that Flake was able to bury into the back of the net.
"Kaitlyn and Elise are just two of our great play-makers, but we had a lot of girls step up big for us tonight," said Lake. "My front six are always big play-makers and then our defender in back McKell Nielson is just phenomenal."
Another key play-maker for Maple Mountain was sophomore goalie Brooke McCluskey, who turned away numerous Timpview scoring chances.
"She's good and I'm glad that she's back there," said Lake. "I'm glad that she's back there and she did a great job tonight."
With the win Maple Mountain moves to 7-2 on the year and 6-1 in region play. It will next take on Springville. Timpview drops 6-2-1 and 5-1-1 in region play and will next take on Orem.