SANDY If there is one thing that stands out about Alta strikers Kealia Ohai and Ashley Jones, it is their ability to get an offense moving at lightning speed. All season long, they have provided the Hawks with a nice one-two scoring punch, combining for a total of 37 goals. If one can't find the net, the other can create goals without missing a beat.
Viewmont figured out that part a little too late.
With Viking defenders consistently blanketing Ohai, Jones took advantage of being left relatively unguarded by raining goals on Viewmont. The junior scored a season-high four times to propel Alta to a 6-1 blowout victory on its home field Thursday afternoon.
Jones has produced a hat trick or two in the past. But against the Vikings it seemed like she struck gold nearly every time downfield.
She struck first in the 15th minute, sending a line drive shot into the corner of the net for a 1-0 Hawks lead. Jones struck again in the 32nd minute, converting a header off a pass from Ohai, pushed the margin to 2-0.
Jones said the attention paid to Ohai made it a simple thing for her get into scoring position.
"Kealia makes my job a lot easier," Jones said. "She really does. Teams really focus on her, and it makes my job a lot of easier."
The two teamed up again to effectively put the game away early in the second half. Ohai drove and fired a shot in past Viewmont goalkeeper Charly Booth in the 42nd minute to make it 3-0. Alta went up 4-0 a minute later when Jones plunked another shot in over Booth's head.
Such an outpouring of scoring couldn't have been more timely. The Hawks relied on untested sophomore Tashia Long at goalkeeper most of the way after Shanna Ipson was knocked out with an injury in the 19th minute.
Ipson collided with two other players while contesting a ball. Three of her teeth were dislodged from her mouth, and she had to be rushed to a dentist to repair the damage.
Without the senior in the net, it took some time for Alta to get mentally refocused.
"For 10 or 15 minutes you could tell they were thinking more of Shanna than the game, " said Hawks coach Lee Mitchell. "We had to bring them back to reality and luckily we got through that stretch."Long settled the team down by making consecutive saves in the 21st minute, pushing one shot up and over the crossbar and running into a scrum of players to knock another down.