After a scoreless first half of botched opportunities, the Orem Tigers felt it was just a matter of time before they broke through against Springville on Tuesday.
Thanks to Sonny Chandara, they did.
Trailing 1-0 in the second half, Chandara managed to sneak in the tying goal. Then, with the game in its first overtime and the clock winding down, he nailed the game-winner in the Tigers' 2-1 win over the Red Devils.
According to Chandara, the play was executed perfectly.
Senior McKay Corbett came streaking across the back-end and delivered it right to Chandara.
"I knew he was going to be coming across the back and (it got) left to me," Chandara said.
Tigers' head coach Ed Louder was pleased with Chandara's effort throughout the entire game.
"He got into the middle and got into the right spots," Louder said. "I was happy for him."
The Tigers (3-0-1, 6-0-1) took sole possession of first place ahead of the Red Devils (3-1-0, 7-1-0). Louder, however, said that taking first place at this point of the season doesn't matter too much.
"We know every game is going to be a battle," Louder said. "The region lead doesn't matter until the last couple games of the season."
The Tigers spent the majority of the first half on the Red Devils side of the field but were unable to push across any goals.
"We just couldn't finish," Chandara said.
Despite being on the defensive most of the half, the Red Devils had missed opportunities as well. One ball sailed just wide of the goal while another careened off the post. The Red Devils were, however, fortunate enough to get one goal when senior Bryson Pope smashed one from about 25 yards into the top right corner of the goal during the 14th minute of the first half.
"Anytime he's within 35 yards he's dangerous," said Red Devils coach Rick Bertelsen.
Bertelsen was disappointed knowing how many shots his team missed in the first half, though.
"It was a little frustrating," he said. "We could have been up 3-0. You don't know how many opportunities you're going to have, especially against a good team." The Tigers wasted little time scoring in the second half when in the fourth minute Chandara tied it up. Both teams had chances but weren't able to capitalize.