OREM What seemed impossible a month ago is now a reality for the Mountain View girls soccer team. The Bruins advanced to the 4A state semifinals with a 1-0 win over Olympus on Thursday.
Midway through the season, it looked like Mountain View would be struggling just to make the playoffs. But, since an early September loss to Springville, the Bruins have been almost flawless, winning eight games and tying once.
Their latest win earned them a place in the state's final four where they'll face off against cross-town rival Orem. Against Olympus, Anjie Lines scored early in the first half, and the Bruins hung onto the shutout for the next 70 minutes.
"The second half of the season we've just really played well," said Mountain View coach Sara Atuaia.
"For every single minute on the field we've fought. We're excited to make it this far."
Lines' goal came in the 13th minute from a corner kick by Auna Janis. The ball sailed to the far post where the junior defender got a deflection and knocked it back inside and over the goal line. From there, the Bruins' defense took over.
Until late in the second half, Olympus never mounted a serious threat on goal. Goalkeeper Aja Domingo, the hero of Mountain View's first-round shootout win, had another huge performance. She saved a free kick in stoppage time and did plenty of work coming off her line to clean things up. At one point she was injured while diving for a loose ball at the top of the box, but got up and finished the game.
"Olympus was fighting, but we kept with it," said Domingo. "I think I got kicked in the stomach, but I wasn't coming out. No way. We can't let up on any teams. We know that. I think that's what helps us win."
Mountain View had some chances to get another goal but couldn't connect on things in the attacking third. With the door still open, Olympus threw everything it had at the Bruins, but it wasn't enough to equalize.
"We were just doing all we could to win and keep the ball out of the net," said Atuaia. "Our defense has been great for us all year. Aja stepped up and made some great plays for us."
The semifinal game against Orem will be next Tuesday. Mountain View split its two meetings with the Tigers in the regular season.
"Orem's tough," said Atuaia. "We know what they're like. We'll be ready."