We have a great tradition here, and those titles are tough to come by. —Alta coach Lee Mitchell
SANDY — Alta High School is a tough place to play for any visiting soccer team.
Looming next to the grass field, on the back of the football stadium next door, appear multiple banners proclaiming the Hawks’ six state boys soccer championships — including the last in 2015.
“We have a great tradition here, and those titles are tough to come by,” said Alta coach Lee Mitchell.
Ogden gave the Hawks a tough time Friday afternoon, but Nick Lowrimore rallied his team with a pair of goals as Alta claimed a 3-1 win in a 4A state tournament quarterfinal game on Alta’s home field.
Despite their tradition, the Hawks lost in the quarters last year, and Mitchell congratulated his team afterward for getting past that hump in 2017.
“They (the Tigers) gave us all they could handle,” he said. “They’re a great team. They took it to Uintah (5-0) last week, and we knew we were in for a tough one today.”
Alta advanced to next Tuesday’s semifinal at Davis High School against the winner of Friday’s Box Elder-Orem game.
Both Alta and Ogden benefited on this day from sunny, warm weather. Ogden jumped on the Hawks quickly on a goal by Mads Dalbrum. A few minutes later, Lowrimore left the game briefly with an injury and came back in a different mood.
“He came back in a different frame of mind and the team responded to him,” Mitchell said.
Lowrimore tied the game with a shot past Ogden goalkeeper Hunter Clarke and then rebounded a missed shot for another goal a couple of minutes later.
Kenny Kocherscheidt added Alta’s third goal midway through the second half.
For Ogden, the second-place team from Region 6, coach Todd Scott said his team had its chances.
After Lowrimore’s first goal, the Tigers missed out on two scoring opportunities. First, they had a goal taken away when the officials ruled that Jaxon Clark was in the goal when he tipped a shot into the net that would have gone in anyway. About a minute later, Clark sent a clear shot wide.
“Our team was resilient,” Scott said. “Alta has a great program, and it takes a great effort to beat them.”
Alta keeper Adam Teerlink was busy the entire game, but only Dalbrum’s shot got past him. Teerlink made several nice saves in the final minutes.
Bruce Smith grew up in Boise and is a longtime newspaper sports writer. He writes primarily high school sports articles for the Deseret News.