The Tooele girls soccer team held strong with three goals in the first half against the first-place Ben Lomond Scots, but it wasn’t enough as the team gave up eight total goals, losing 8-3.
The Lady Buffaloes pushed the Scots to the limit in the first half with a scoring frenzy. The Scots scored in the third minute, but Tooele’s Alexia McReavy knocked in the equalizer in the seventh minute. McReavy’s shot was stopped at point-blank range by Ben Lomond’s goalkeeper, but she got the ball right back and knocked it in for a 1-1 score.
The Scots answered in the 13th minute and the 24th minute with two goals to go ahead 3-1. But the resilient Lady Buffs held strong once again thanks to a free kick by Kenya Russell in the 28th minute. In what has become a bit of trend for Russell, she lined up for a free kick from about 25-30 yards away and sailed the ball just high enough to get over the fingers of the Ben Lomond goalkeeper, but just low enough to sneak in underneath the top post. That made the score 3-2 in favor of the Scots.
The fierce Ben Lomond forwards didn’t let the Buffs back into the game easily, as they charged in during the 36th minute to score and go up 4-2. But the Lady Buffs have fierce forwards of their own, as Baylee Hansen charged into the goal box on offense. She was tripped by a Ben Lomond defender during a scoring chance and awarded a free kick by the referee.
Russell lined up for the penalty kick with all the other players behind her, and she kicked it in to the left side of the net without much contest from the Scots’ goalkeeper, making the score 4-3. That’s where the score stayed going into halftime.
But then Ben Lomond kicked up the defense and the offense for the second half. The Scots scored in the 49th minute, 64th minute, 77th minute and 79th minute to come away with the large margin of victory.
The Lady Buffs didn’t many scoring opportunities in the second half, as they lost their fourth region contest of the season.
Luckily, with three games left in the season, the playoffs still seem in the cards for Tooele. The top four teams from each region qualify for the state tournament, and the Lady Buffs sit in the No. 4 spot ahead of last-place Grantsville. As things stand right now, the Lady Buffs would play in St. George for their first game of the state tournament against the Dixie Flyers.
Tooele played a road contest Tuesday against the Bear River Bears, and its next game is on Oct. 8 at Grantsville. The first round of the state tournament starts Oct. 16, which is two weeks from Wednesday.