DRAPER — After the Stansbury Stallions won their first playoff game in school history over the Spanish Fork Dons Thursday, they were hoping to repeat that success Saturday against third ranked Juan Diego. But it was Juan Diego that continued its season success with a 2-0 victory over the Stallions.
The Soaring Eagles scored on an own goal, and a 35-yard boot by Andrew Montoya in the 45th minute.
Although the scoreboard read 2-0 in favor of Juan Diego, Stansbury dominated most of the game. The Stallions had Juan Diego on their heels for much of the first half, leading up to the own goal. The Soaring Eagles were expecting a blowout, but the Stallions came to play.
The Stallions had several early opportunities to score. In just the second minute, Jara Eshete had a decent shot but wasn’t able to connect. In the 21st minute, Jonny Calderon had a great cross into his brother, Junior, who just missed to the right on the follow.
Juan Diego also had some early opportunities to score. In the fourth minute, Gerald Garcia used his speed to race pass the Stallion defense, but couldn’t connect. Josh Meyer prevented a Garcia breakaway just a few minutes later, and Stansbury goalkeeper Kyler Clements made one of his many great saves on a shot by Adam Richardsaon in the 12th minute.
The own goal happened on a corner kick in the 39th minute, just before halftime. The ball came sailing in, and a Stansbury defender headed the ball right into the back of the net while trying to head the ball out of bounds. The score was 1-0 heading to the intermission.
In the 45th minute, Montoya scored on a fantastic play. Using the wind to his advantage, he bent the ball to the back post and kicked it right by Clements for the 35-yard goal. Juan Diego was up 2-0 early, and the momentum was on its side.
To Stansbury’s credit, it never quit. Even in the waning minutes, trailing by two goals, the team didn’t give up.
With the win, Juan Diego moves on to the semifinals and it is still undetermined who they will face.
Stansbury is now eliminated after its historic season. The Stallions finished with the best record in school history at 8-7, and won its first playoff game ever.
CJ Pronk is a Deseret Digital Media intern and a junior at Stansbury High School.