I didn't know what was going to happen. I just knew I had to be in the middle, and it deflected off of the keeper and I got it in. —Katie Allen
DRAPER — With a unified “We broke the streak” chant, the Fremont Silver Wolves announced their arrival to the Utah girls soccer elite Tuesday afternoon at the 5A semifinals, held at Juan Diego High School. Senior Katie Allen netted the game’s only goal, on an assist from fellow senior Karsytn Peterson, and Fremont defeated the American Fork Cavemen 1-0.
“They’ve had a lot of good teams at Fremont the two years that I have been here and before I got here,” said Fremont head coach Kelly Parke. “The past three years the girls have reached the quarterfinals, semifinals and semifinals, but never the finals. These girls knew that they were going to the finals this year.”
The Silver Wolves were the aggressors the instant play began. Two minutes into the game, Peterson, the team’s leading goal scorer in the regular season, broke free on the right wing and delivered a shot at goal and at Caveman keeper Savanna Empey. The ball sailed harmlessly left of the goal, but it was merely a precursor of what was to come.
Fremont went on to attempt seven goals in the first half, including Allen’s deciding goal, to only two by the Cavemen.
Almost halfway through the period, Peterson again had a shot at goal, which Empey blocked, but the rebound landed directly in front of Allen, who sent it sailing into the back of the net.
“I saw Karstyn, who went wide, and she is really good at feeding the ball off or getting a shot from there, so I didn’t know what was going to happen. I just knew I had to be in the middle, and it deflected off of the keeper and I got it in,” Allen said of her goal.
She continued, “It is unreal (scoring a goal in the semifinals). Especially having all your team run up to you. It’s the best feeling.”
The Cavemen did not go down without a fight, and buoyed by a sizable contingent of fans, wrested control of the game away from Fremont, at least until the end of the half. American Fork’s best scoring opportunity of the game came within that stretch of play, when junior Kennedy Jex sent a flawless cross into the box from the left wing, only to have it roll peacefully by Fremont keeper Morgan Green, untouched by any Cavemen.
Other than a few late and unsuccessful American Fork through passes, the second half belonged solely to Fremont. The Silver Wolves racked up an additional five shots on goal, which Parke attributed to their speed.
“Our speed kept them off the ball. They are a good team that plays the same style that we do, but our speed helped us keep control of the ball.”
When asked what the game plan was heading into the game, Parke said, “We wanted to play fast and press the ball everywhere. I didn’t think they could play with us if we pressed, and I think right in the first five minutes you could see that if we could put pressure on them we could possess the ball more than they could.”
Allen, when asked how she and her teammates were able to pressure the Cavemen all game, explained, “I think just the intensity of the game. We had a ton of adrenaline at the beginning and we wanted (the win) so bad (the pressure) just came.”
With the win, Fremont (16-1-1) advances to the 5A championship game, to be held at Rio Tinto Stadium Friday, Oct. 21, where they will face the two-time defending champion Davis Darts.