Tooele just couldn’t get many chances to score in a game at Morgan and the Trojans took advantage on their home field. Morgan scored quickly in the 13th minute and did a good job of keeping Tooele off-balanced offensively.
Morgan added one more goal in the first half and then an additional goal in the second half to come away with the 3-0 victory over Tooele Friday afternoon. “The lack of offense has been a problem for us all year,” said Tooele assistant coach Cody Valdez. “Once we get down by a couple goals the players start to hang their heads a little.”
Three different players scored for Morgan in the victory as Josh Abplanalp and Jakob Freestone scored in the first half while Cole Wilkinson added a third goal in the second half for the Trojans. Both teams had a slow start offensively as the ball mostly stayed in the midfield in the first 10 minutes of the game. Morgan had the first serious threat in the 12th minute as Abplanalp was turned away by the Tooele defense in the 12th but could not be stopped in the 13th minute.
Abplanalp found himself in a breakaway position and was able to place the ball into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 Morgan lead.
Tooele did get a countering chance in the 18th minute when Mitch Harvey broke loose for the Buffaloes and had a decent shot on goal that sailed over the crossbar, leaving Tooele scoreless. Nine minutes later, Morgan had an opportunity to double its lead when Tooele wasn’t able to clear out a loose ball in the box. Freestone was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time with the loose ball as he buried the ball into the net in the 27th minute to give Morgan a 2-0 lead with only 13 minutes before halftime.
Brian Kirk and Nick Spafford were able to create a couple of chances at goal for Tooele in the final eight minutes of the first half. Kirk had a shot on goal in the 32nd minute saved and Spafford was vital on set pieces for Tooele.
Spafford nearly place a perfect kick off a corner right at the head of Branden Eldredge in the 37th minute that sailed wide right, leaving the Morgan advantage at two at the half.
Eldredge had the first serious chance for Tooele in the second half when his shot in the 44th minute clanked off the post, narrowly missing out on giving Tooele a goal.
Three minutes later, Morgan put a real damper on the chances for a Tooele comeback as Wilkinson was able to get to the ball first off of a free kick and tap it into the goal for a 3-0 Trojan lead in the 47th minute.
Spafford and Kirk gave Tooele a few chances in the remaining minutes but could not find the back of the net as Morgan escaped with a three-goal victory Friday.
Tooele will be back home on Friday when it hosts Grantsville at 3:30 p.m. in a rematch of the game that went into overtime in Grantsville on April 3.