The Stansbury boys soccer team controlled the final 10 minutes of Monday’s Region 10 match against Ogden at Stallion Stadium, and, as a result, the Stallions now control their own fate in the region title race.
Sam Holdstock scored three times in a span of 5 minutes, 6 seconds, and Kolton Loertscher added another tally to cap a run of four goals in 6:27 as Stansbury pulled away for a 5-0 win. Max Rouffignac also scored for the Stallions (7-3, 5-1 Region 10).
“I think the most important part was that we just trusted each other,” Holdstock said. “We came here with a goal to play well and win. We trusted each other and we were unselfish, and we found success doing that. We got ourselves in the right spot at the right time.”
The teams played a scoreless first half, with both teams unable to capitalize on their scoring chances. However, the Stallions got the break they needed on a failed clearing attempt by Ogden’s goalkeeper that went directly to Rouffignac, who buried a shot into the lop left corner of the net in the 45th minute.
“If anybody’s watching the scoreboard and saying ‘hey, they put five goals on them,’ they don’t understand how much fight Ogden put up,” Stansbury coach Jacob Jones said. “Ogden’s a really, really good team, and they’ve got some injuries right now. Next time we play them, they’re going to be a different team.”
Ogden (4-2, 4-2) came right back with a couple quality chances, but Stansbury goalkeeper Devun Collins was up to the task. Collins’ most impressive save came in the 62nd minute on a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box, as he dove to his right to make a save at the post and preserve Stansbury’s one-goal lead.
“Massive save — I asked him after the game, ‘how did you see that,’” Jones said. “He said, ‘I don’t know, I just knew that it was probably going to come that way, so I was just waiting for it to poke its head around.’ Luckily he was able to get a paw on it.”
Collins’ saves gave Stansbury a momentum boost as the clock began to run down. Holdstock scored his first goal of the evening in the 68th minute as he worked his way around Ogden’s keeper, and he added another one less than a minute and a half later after Rouffignac centered the ball to him. He completed his hat trick with just over seven minutes left with a shot into the top left corner to put the Stallions up 4-0.
“(The win) was definitely important and it will give us some confidence going forward,” Holdstock said. “We’re sitting in a good spot in the region. We’ve got a lot of competition going forward, so we can’t be content with where we are.”
Loertscher capped the scoring with a shot to the top right corner with 5:50 left in the contest.
“We’ve got four seniors that are very hungry to score goals,” Jones said. “You saw there at the end that they didn’t ever quit. All of them were sitting there wanting to score goals, and right now, they’re doing an excellent job of doing it.”
The Stallions will take some time off for Spring Break before returning to the pitch April 7 in Eagle Mountain against Cedar Valley. Their next home match will be April 8 against Juan Diego — a contest that could determine the Region 10 champion.