After her team came out nervous yet got the victory in the first round of the state 5A playoffs on Tuesday, Timpanogos coach Natalyn Lewis wanted her team to focus their nerves.
A 4-0 road win over Riverton (15-2) no doubt went a long way in boosting the Timberwolves' confidence as they continued to advance in the postseason.
"We definitely got our nerves out," Lewis said. "Against Weber (a 1-0 victory in the first round) we had some freshmen whose knees were so wobbly I thought they would break off."
Angelica Dickson's goal just five minutes into the game helped put Timpanogos (13-5) at ease right away. She took advantage of a wide-open net when Riverton goalkeeper Jade Colebrook ventured too far out and got caught up in the melee.
"For her, that open net was like seeing a beautiful steak with a bunch of A-1 sauce on it," Lewis said.
Early on, the T-Wolves' precise passing combined with their relentless attacking style served as a sucker punch to the Silverwolves.
To its credit, Riverton rebounded quickly and countered with several attacks of its own. And for the remainder of the game, the Silverwolves played very close to even with Timpanogos except for what was on the scoreboard.
In the 37th minute, Timpanogos' Marissa Nimmer took a shot from about 30 yards out that hit Colebrook's hand but had enough on it to sail in the net after hitting the top crossbar.
It was Riverton with renewed energy straight out of halftime. The first portion of the second half featured several good opportunities off corner kicks most of them from Theresa Crane. But the frustration started to mount when none of the chances paid off.
Any chance of a Riverton comeback was dashed in a span of two minutes early in the second half.
First, in the 51st minute, Dickson shot a rocket from the right side that traveled all the way to the far left of the goal and found the back of the net. Then, a minute later, Malerie Jaramillo added the goal that provided the final score.
The Silverwolves played hard until the end, with Mackenzie Bath getting their best scoring chance. Late in the game, she put a foot on an exceptional shot that Timpanogos goalkeeper Alexa Anderson popped up and over the goal to preserve the shutout."This really gives us some confidence," Lewis said. "This was a game that every player played great."