WASHINGTON TERRACE Bonneville and East were battling in a hard-fought scoreless 4A quarterfinal match here Friday.
That was until Lakers midfielder Ethan Summers spotted Jason Lang advancing toward the goal. Three minutes into the second half of Bonneville's eventual 2-0 victory, Summers was dribbling down East's backline.
"I saw him out in my peripheral vision," Summers said. "I played the ball back and hoped he got a good strike on it.
"And he did. It was an awesome goal by him."
Lang's bending shot hit the far post before slamming into the net, giving East senior goalie Coulson Wiscombe no chance for a save.
"That's what we needed," Summers said. "After that, we kind of relaxed a little more."
Just nine minutes later, sophomore Cord Stimpson was dribbling down the same left side of the Leopards' backline. His bad-angle shot ricocheted into the goal. Super-subsitute Stimpson had an adventurous game, being injured in a colision with Wiscombe and later yellow carded for an altercation with an East player. In the end, he earned "Man of the Match" from the Lakers' public address announcer, no doubt for the key insurance goal.
"It was just a scrappy goal," Summers said. "Those are the ones you got to get."
And those were the ones East didn't. Despite doubling Bonneville in shots (16-8), the Leopards only got two on goal.
"You can't win a soccer game without scoring," East coach Rudy Schenk said. "We let them be in the game when we had opportunities to take them out of the game."
The Leopards also had six corner kicks compared to the Lakers' one.
"I thought we played great for 80 minutes. There was a 10-minute stretch where they kind of jumped us and we couldn't handle it," said Schenk, referring to the final five minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half.
"Coach reminded us to play our system, and when we play our system it's almost unbeatable with the formation that we play," Summers said.
Bonneville's system was especially important when a red card given to Mitch Fackrell for crashing into Wiscombe left the Lakers with just 10 men on the field for the final 16 minutes of the game.
"The leadership in this game had a big impact in this game," Summers said.
But unlike the first half, where the Leopards had several inside-the-penalty-box chances, they were limited to long-distance shots. The closest was Mitchell Brouse's volley that whistled just past the upper right corner in the 45th minute. If the shot had been on target, it would have tied the game at 1-1.East ends the season with a 13-5 record while Bonneville (13-1-2) advances to the semifinals against Mountain View.