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TOSH Top 30 – #14 Viewmont soccer on top after 21 years

By Kurt Johnson

Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)

 

Editor’s Note – The TOSH Top 30 is our countdown of the top 30 stories from the 2015-16 school sports year, beginning with No. 30 and counting down, one story a day, to No. 1. The 2015-2016 high school sports year was filled with big performances, both team and individual. The act of narrowing down our initial list of top stories for our TOSH Top 30 stories of the year to just 30 was a difficult task. We asked people all over the state for input into our final list and beginning June 22, we are counting them down in reverse, from story No. 30 to story No. 1. Hopefully your favorite story of the past school year made our list.tosh2 instoryad 012616

 It had been 21 years since the Viewmont High boys soccer team had claimed a state championship, but that all changed in 2016. No. 14 in our TOSH Top 30 stories of the year goes to that 5A state champion-winning Vikings team.

 

#14 – Viewmont soccer ends 21-year title drought

It was a long time in coming for the boys soccer program at Viewmont High, for its current players and its alumni. After waiting 21 years to get back into the winner’s circle, the Vikings savored the moment as they celebrated the 2016 state title at Juan Diego Catholic High School.

Junior midfielder Marshall Johnson (left) works to gain possession in a state semifinal contest for Viewmont boys soccer. (Photo by Dave Argyle, dbaphotography.com)

Junior midfielder Marshall Johnson (left) works to gain possession in a state semifinal contest for Viewmont boys soccer. (Photo by Dave Argyle, dbaphotography.com)

It came at the close of a season in which Viewmont didn’t even win its own league championship, as the Vikings were second to Davis in Region 2. Coming in as a No. 2 seed made the run to the top even more difficult for this year’s squad.

Viewmont had to earn everything it got during the postseason, which began with back-to-back 2-1 wins (over Pleasant Grove and Mountain Crest). The run nearly came to an early end in the state semifinal round when the Vikings fell behind Lone Peak 1-0 during the first half and neared the 70-minute mark still facing that deficit.

Then came a Lone Peak foul inside the penalty area that sent Salt Lake Tribune player of the year Drake Cook to the 12-yard spot for a penalty kick. The junior striker buried the ball in the back of the net for the equalizer that saved Viewmont’s season.

After 20 minutes of scoreless extra time, the Vikings took the penalty kick shootout 4-2 to earn the right to play for the title against Fremont. After the tight contests, they had faced along the way, the high-scoring wide-open finale had to be a relief, not that the increase in scoring made life any easier.

The championship contest was level at 2-2 in the 63rd minute, when junior midfielder Marshall Johnson headed home a throw-in from Jarron Brown to put Viewmont on top to stay. As time ticked down in the closing seconds, Cook got free on a breakaway to provide a little icing on the cake and begin the Viking celebration.

Cook was honored as the 5A MVP by The Deseret News in addition to his recognition by the Salt Lake Tribune as the state’s top player as he led Viewmont to a final record of 13-3-3 (6-3-3 in Region 2). Johnson, senior defender Kason Larsen and junior goalkeeper Tyler Trump all received first-team all-state honors after the long-awaited championship campaign.

 

Related content (TOSH Top 30 stories of the year):

#15 Three wrestlers make it 4-for-4 state titles

#16 Perfect season for Morgan volleyball

#17 Riverton softball completes two comebacks

#18 Mountain View’s Jon Dollahite wins fourth state titleK12.1 instoryad 051216

#19 Girls golf team secures first Corner Canyon championship

#20 Juan Diego soccer nets first state title

#21 Wasatch Academy hoops invited to Dick’s Nationals

#22 Orem track and field doubles up at state

#23 First-ever soccer title for Maple Mountain

#24 In golf, it was the year of the Lone Peak Knights

#25 Layton’s Livia Borges – two states, two sports, one day

#26 Utah County is home of baseball champions

#27 Park City, Schow stay on course in 3A golf

#28 Davis boys run to the top, twice

#29 Skyline, Park City still own the pool

#30 UHSAA decides to add sixth classification

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