Saturday , May 05, 2018 - 4:54 PM
WASHINGTON TERRACE — The celebrations were muffled by the overhead sight and sound of fighter jets landing at Hill Air Force Base.
In a way, it was ironic the jets finished their flyover for the day just as the final whistle blew — a noise Bonneville didn’t want to hear.
The Lakers’ run in the 4A state playoffs met an early end against a buzzsaw Dixie Flyers squad, which scored three goals in a short stretch of the second half to bury Bonneville 4-2 in a quarterfinal match Saturday.
Final: Dixie 4-2 Bonneville in the 4A quarters, the Lakers region title season ends pic.twitter.com/qXer5VlOpG— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) May 5, 2018
Thus came to an end a stellar season for the Lakers that included the outright Region 11 championship, a 10-game unbeaten run and sparkling individual campaigns from forwards Jaiden Marriott and Joe Cloward.
“Dixie’s a good team, I’m not going to take anything from them,” Bonneville assistant coach Jared Anderson said. “Our boys rocked it this year, I’m super proud of my boys, they did a super job.”
Dixie knew that and built its defensive strategy around stopping the Lakers’ attack through the middle and their two forwards, where most of the goals came from this season.
By the time Dixie took a 1-0 lead with a goal by Xavi Flores from a corner kick, it had been brewing for awhile.
Winger Jose “Tauri” Morales caused all sorts of problems down the left side, nearly scoring when he nutmegged a defender and had his shot deflected out for a corner kick in the sixth minute.
The Flyers controlled most of the possession and turned it into corner kicks, but didn’t really have a look at goal until Flores put them ahead in the 35th minute.
Cloward had the two best chances for the Lakers in the first half: a soft shot that was easily saved in the 14th minute and a harder one from 12 yards out that was tipped over the goal for a corner.
Mathis Burton equalized with a penalty kick in the 45th minute that briefly gave the Lakers life. They still couldn’t find a way past the Flyers’ defense.
“We were trying to double-team both their forwards and make them beat us outside, not down the middle,” Dixie head coach Burt Myers said.
Dixie had been in a groove offensively after an 8-0 thrashing of Spanish Fork two days prior. The Flyers got right back into that groove in the second half Saturday.
Tauri Morales scores and it's 2-1 Dixie with 19 minutes left. pic.twitter.com/Vov7H3T4Ty— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) May 5, 2018
Morales converted a penalty kick to make it 2-1. A powerful, close-range header by Oscar Quintero off a corner kick made it 3-1.
Quintero finished a header off a bouncing free kick a few minutes later to make it 4-1 and snuff out any remaining comeback hopes.
Marriott came into the game with a state-leading tally of 25 goals, which he added to with five minutes remaining when he converted a penalty kick.
Marriott converts for his 26th goal of the season. Apparently there's 5 minutes of stoppage time left pic.twitter.com/I6JLm6E7uB— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) May 5, 2018
LAYTON CHRISTIAN 6, MILLARD 1
Jesus Tomasi netted a hat trick as Layton Christian booked a ticket to next week’s 2A state semifinals with a 6-1 win over Millard. The Eagles scored five goals in the second half after leading 1-0 at halftime.
Chris Park, Gaaga Isibo and Martin Roca Rallo all scored for LCA, while Marc Barcelo Tomas and Kolby Olsen both had two assists.
LCA’s semifinal game is 6:15 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Juan Diego High School.
ROWLAND HALL 2, ST. JOSEPH 0
St. Joseph’s season ended in the 2A quarterfinals via two first-half goals by Rowland Hall-St. Marks.
GRAND COUNTY 14, MORGAN 0
Grand County shut out Morgan and held the Trojans to just one hit in the first round of the 3A state baseball playoffs Saturday.
EMERY 12, MORGAN 0
In the second game of the day in Helper, Morgan was shut out again to end its season in a loss to Emery in the one-loss bracket.
KANAB 31, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 1
Layton Christian Academy opened the 2A baseball playoffs with a lopsided loss in a game played at Gunnison Valley High School.
GUNNISON VALLEY 16, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 1
LCA’s season ended in a loss to the home team in the one-loss bracket.
MANTI 12, MORGAN 0
Like its baseball side, Morgan softball was shut out in its 3A softball first-round game played at Juab High School.
JUAB 13, MORGAN 2
Morgan’s season ended with a loss to the home team in the one-loss bracket.
GUNNISON VALLEY 18, ST. JOSEPH 0
St. Joseph lost big to the host team to open the 2A softball tournament.
KANAB 9, ST. JOSEPH 0
St. Joseph’s season ended with another loss Saturday.
Sign up for e-mail news updates.