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Frankie Perez scored a huge goal in the final minute of the first half, and Oscar Aguilar added a second midway through the second half to propel Wasatch to the state championship game. Wasatch's backline was stellar throughout and made all the plays to keep Ben Lomond's talented attack quiet.
5th minute: We're underway in the first semifinal of the 3A tournament here at Sayers Field on the campus of Jordan High. Wasatch had an early corner that was cleared away, and both teams have been feeling each other out in the early going.
16th minute: After a tight and tense opening 15 minutes, the game is starting to open up, as both teams have creates opportunities at each end of the field. First, Wasatch star Matt Carr crosses dangerously from the left side, and then seconds later, Ben Lomond star Bryan Garay finds himself in a 1v1 at the other end. A couple of Wasatch defenders, however, scurry back and clear the ball away before Garay can get a shot off.
30th minute: With 10 minutes to go, it's been predictably tight here at Sayers Field. Chances have been at a premium, and we're deadlocked at 0-0 near the end of the opening 40 minutes.
40th minute: WASATCH GOAL! With just 41 seconds left on the clock, Wasatch scores a huge goal to surge ahead. It had been mostly Ben Lomond the last 10 minutes, but Wasatch breaks at the other end and Devon Hall plays in Frankie Perez behind Ben Lomond's backline. Ben Lomond's goalie rushes out, and Perez brilliantly chips the ball over him and into the net to put the Wasps up, 1-0. What a time to score a goal.
At the break, Wasatch leads by a single goal, 1-0. The first half had been largely a defensive affair until Ben Lomond started to take over the play down the stretch. However, despite winning three corner kicks, having multiple chances and carrying the lion's share of the possession, the Scots couldn't capitalize. And with less than a minute to go to halftime, Wasatch burst down to the other end and Perez had a brilliant finish to put the Wasps ahead.
41st minute: The referee blows his whistle and play resumes here at Sayers Field.
55th minute: This game is still tightly balanced with 25 minutes remaining. Ben Lomond has had a couple of dangerous chances, but Wasatch's backline has seemingly always come to the rescue. And when it hasn't, goalie Dustin Armstrong has made the saves.
69th minute: GOAL WASATCH! The Wasps are just 11 huge minutes away from reaching the 3A state championship game. Carr whips in a cross from the right side, and Oscar Aguilar holds off a defender and volleys the ball into the net to double Wasatch's lead. A quick Ben Lomond response could obviously change everything, but it sure looks like Wasatch is on its way to playing for the state championship tomorrow at Rio Tinto Stadium.
END OF GAME
Wasatch hangs on to advance to tomorrow's state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Wasps will face the winner of Delta-Judge at 10 a.m. It'll definitely be an early kickoff, but Wasatch's player undoubtedly will be thrilled to have to get up early. In the end, Wasatch's backline, marshalled by Collin Hopkins, made the difference. Wasatch's defenders consistently got into the right positions and made play after play to prevent Ben Lomond from creating more than a couple dangerous opportunities.
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