That’s all it took for the Timpanogos girls soccer team to fall behind to the defending 5A state champion Maple Mountain Golden Eagles in a rematch of last year’s championship match.
Before most fans had even found a shady spot around the Timpanogos pitch on Tuesday, Maple Mountain’s Allie Fryer blasted a 25-yard shot to the upper left corner of the net to give the Golden Eagles the early lead.
Unfortunately for the T’Wolves, Fryer wasn’t done yet. In the 38th minute, Paola Garcia found Fryer for her second goal of the afternoon.
And still she wasn’t done.
Two minutes later, after the Timpanogos keeper bobbled the ball on an Avery Frischnecht shot, Fryer found herself in the right place at the right time, earning a hat trick in the first half.
“We are dangerous in attack,” said Maple Mountain assistant coach Troy Felt. “We figured out that they were playing a high line, and our strategy worked.”
As the halftime whistle blew, the home team huddled around head coach Natalyn Lewis.
“I told my team at halftime that I didn’t care if we won or not. I told them that I cared if the showed up and if they played every second of the second half like it was their last,” Lewis said.
That was the boost the home team needed, as one minute into the second half, the T’Wolves combined on three passes between Valeria Maciel, Lataya Brost, Samantha Brady and Kara Hartle to score Timpanogos’ first goal of the game and chip into the three-goal deficit.
Momentum had swung to Timpanogos and the T’Wolves pushed the ball into their offensive half, pressuring Maple Mountain throughout the rest of the game.
In the 60th minute, Brady assisted on another goal, this time on a corner kick as she serviced the ball right to Addy Lindstrom, who beat the Maple Mountain keeper.
And still, Timpanogos applied pressure, earning more corner kicks, and opportunities to score.
Brady’s corner kick service game was again on display in the 73rd minute when she connected with Brost, who headed the ball to tie the game at 3-3.
“We have leaders all over the field,” Lewis said after the game. “Some are vocal leaders, some are leaders who are willing to player harder than anyone out there. We have leaders all over the field, and even on our bench. The girls on the sideline were able to encourage their teammates, and I think that’s what turned the tide for us.”
But the comeback wasn’t complete. In stoppage time, Timpanogos hand one more corner kick to win the game before going to overtime.
This time Brady found Sierra Pennock on the far side of the box for the goal.
“Right before the corner I knew that I was going to finish that,” Pennock said. “As it came in it kind of skid through everyone in front of me, so I switched over to my left foot and kicked it the corner.”
The 4-3 victory keeps Timpanogos (6-3, 4-2) in the hunt for the Region 8 title. The T’Wolves travel to Heber City to face Wasatch on Sept. 25.
“Character is the story of the season for us,” Lewis said. “We had to come together as a team, and play to win. They believed that they could win, and they came together to win. Every member of this team came together to get this win.”
Maple Mountain (6-2, 3-1) will face Springville on the road on Thursday.