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Prep soccer: Substitute Jace Bauer scores two late goals in Ogden win

Wednesday , April 25, 2018 - 11:02 PM

OGDEN — When J.J. Muniz scored into an empty net and sprinted to the Ogden sideline where his excited teammates were waiting, bittersweet was hardly the word to describe the scene.

It easily could have been given the scenario. The Tigers were already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and their rival Ben Lomond was already qualified, no matter what happened Wednesday.

But they lived in the moment and celebrated a 5-3 win against their rival Scots, fueled by three second-half goals — including two from sophomore substitute Jace Bauer.

“We were 100 percent finishing better. Last game we had whiffs and fumbles and it wasn’t pretty,” Bauer said. “Our finishing was spot-on today and we couldn’t have asked for better.”

Trailing 3-2 in the 58th minute, Bauer buried a header from a cross to tie the game 3-3. Eight minutes later, a cross into the penalty box rattled around, found its way to Bauer with a perfect set up and he rifled the volley — with a deflection — in for the go-ahead goal.

In two weeks, it will be the Scots still on the field and the Tigers wondering what could have been.

Ogden came in with a 3-6-1 region record and Ben Lomond had a 6-4 region record. The Tigers were technically 4-5-1, but had to forfeit their region-opening win against Tooele due to an academically ineligible player, so they were too far behind to make a run at the No. 4 spot.

Ben Lomond coach Keith Jenson said there’s plenty to fix before the postseason. Region 11 is matched up with Region 12 in the first round of the 4A playoffs on May 3.

The loss means Ben Lomond will either face Logan (10-3 overall, 8-1 Region 12) or Mountain Crest (10-4-1, 6-3) on the road.

“We stopped playing our game, I think we did get comfortable with that lead and just kind of went on cruise control. Ogden definitely took advantage of those opportunities,” Jenson said.

Ogden wasted no time taking the lead early. Daniel Wilson controlled a bouncing ball well, sent Muniz a through ball on the left, Muniz’s cross was met by Cache Jenks, Jenks’ shot was deflected and Riley Myers mopped up the rebound.

The time elapsed on the clock: 1 minute, 30 seconds.

Ben Lomond’s Freddy Cano — who scored the game-winner in the Scots’ 3-2 win against Ogden on March 30 — equalized with a well-placed shot in the 26th minute. Seven minutes later, Jenks scored on a well-placed shot of his own to put the Tigers ahead 2-1 at halftime.

Ben Lomond midfielder Ruben Soto blasted an equalizer from near the penalty box three minutes after the second half started. Erik Arroyo made it a 3-2 Ben Lomond lead eight minutes later in the 51st minute.

But space opened up, playing into the hands of a Tiger team that counter-attacked its way to the first goal.

Bauer buried a wide-open header to tie the game 3-3. The deflected volley came next, making it 4-3 in a game where the scoreboard could have easily read 5-5 given the numerous close saves by both teams.

Muniz scored with a minute left, kicking off a celebration that didn’t look bittersweet. More like a team savoring the moment.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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