HIGHLAND The Timpview boys soccer team flew past Lone Peak on Friday.
The T-Birds came out sprinting, and their speed on the attack left the defense eating dust and gasping for air. The result was two first-half goals that set the tone for a 3-0 Timpview win.
Playing at game speed for the first time, Lone Peak looked slow and off rhythm and never had a chance once it conceded the first goal. In fact, the Knights were fortunate to lose only by three. Only a pair of great saves by goalkeeper Brian Hail kept Timpview from scoring more.
Joe Espinosa had a goal, and Byung Son added a goal and an assist for the T-Birds, who also got their second-straight shutout to start the season.
"The first half our speed up top is what got our first two goals," said Timpview coach Jeremy Stevenson. "We were able to beat their defense. They made a really good adjustment in the second half, where they just dropped their defense back and shut down a lot of that stuff."
The win is a big boost for a Timpview team that is hoping to be in contention for the Region 7 championship this year. Lone Peak is the favorite in Region 4 but looks to have plenty of work to do early on.
"That was our first game," said Knights coach Dave Woolley. "Obviously the defense wasn't organized. We didn't attack much, so we need stronger midfield play."
After dominating the opening minutes, the T-Birds got the breakthrough in the 23rd minute. Son picked up the ball in the attacking third and played in Espinosa coming in unmarked on the right wing.
Espinosa curled his shot out and off the bottom of the cross bar, giving the goalkeeper no chance at a save.
Three minutes before halftime Russel Doria doubled the lead. Lone Peak couldn't get a clean clearance on a corner kick, and the sophomore forward knocked in an uncontested shot right in front of the goal..
The third score came seven minutes into the second half on a shot by Son.
On the other side, last year's leading scorer, Nate Fonbuena, barely touched the ball for the Knights. Timpview's backline was effective at shutting down space, and Lone Peak had a hard time getting the ball out of the midfield.
"Our defense just did a really good job of making them cough up the ball earlier in the field," said Stevenson. "Most of their shots came outside the 18."
Collin McQuire had a shutout for the T-Birds.