Story and photos by Kurt Johnson
HIGHLAND – The onslaught started early, in the second minute to be exact, and the Lone Peak girls soccer team dominated Riverton throughout their Tuesday afternoon contest. The rebuilding Silverwolves arrived at Lone Peak looking to jump start a season that has not gone exactly as they would have hoped, but the Knights were having none of it as they rolled to a 9-1 victory.
Less than two minutes into the contest, Lone Peak junior forward Cameron Tucker latched onto a nicely struck through-ball, beat a pair of defenders and set up a 1-v-1 with the goalkeeper. The talented goal scorer was on target from about 12 yards out and the Knights were up 1-0.
Twelve minutes later, senior midfielder TJ McKendrick created a scoring chance for Lone Peak and after Riverton keeper Brooklynn Best turned aside the initial chance, junior midfielder Breesa Nawahine was in position to bang home the rebound for the second Knight score. It took just a moments for Lone Peak to get the score to 3-0, as Tucker touched home her second goal during a scramble in front of the Silverwolf net in the 16th minute.
The Knights threw Riverton a bit of a break in the 23rd minute, when Lone Peak goalkeeper Megan Running picked up a pass hit back to her by a teammate. That gave the Silverwolves an indirect kick about 12 yards out to Running’s right. They touched the ball to sophomore midfielder Sam Jacobson, who buried her shot into the back of the net to provide momentary relief with a 3-1 deficit.
That was pretty much it for this young Riverton team, which was simply overmatched on this afternoon. McKendrick blasted a shot top shelf, over Best’s head, on a free kick from 25 yards out in the 32nd minute to move the margin back to three goals at halftime.
The second half was just like the first, with Lone Peak moving the ball almost at will, using its customary ball and player movement to control possession of the ball and the pace of the game. The Knights struck early and often after intermission and took the legs out from under the Silverwolves, who kept on battling with outstanding effort, but without the ability to find answers.
Junior McKenna Kondel was first to score, delivering a goal with her left foot in the 45th minute. The next three tallies came every two minutes from that point forward into the second half, as senior Natalee Wells and junior Siri Dahl goals were book-ended around the hat-trick finishing No. 3 for Tucker.
With the score 8-1, the Knights coasted the rest of the day, with junior defenders Brenna Gurney, Haylee McCune, Ashley Lyons and Callie Burt leading an effort that kept the bulk of possession in the Riverton defensive half. On the rare occasion when the Silverwolves ventured towards the Lone Peak goal, Running was there to take away any possibility of a second scoring chance.
In the 78th minute, Dahl put the finishing touches on the 9-1 final with her second goal of the game.
Riverton (1-4 in Region 4, 1-8 overall) next face the league leaders as they travel to American Fork (3-0-1, 5-2-1) Thursday. Lone Peak (3-1, 6-2) is at Herriman (2-2, 4-4).