After dominating region competition, Stansbury now gets a crack at the top 3A teams in the state.
The Stallions defeated Region 11 cellar dweller Tooele on Tuesday 10-0 in a time-shortened game to finish league play undefeated.
With the region championship secured, Stansbury earned the right to host a first-round state game at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Stallion Stadium. They will face the fourth-place team from Region 9 in the first round. If they prevail in the opener, the Stallions will host another home game on Saturday, May 3 against a team from Region 10 or Region 11.
The 3A semifinals are set for May 9 at Alta High School with the state championship game on May 10 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.
Weather conditions were miserable for Tuesday’s game between the two Tooele County rival schools with wind gusts up to 70 mph.
“We thought if we could score a couple of goals in the first half going against the wind it would be a great accomplishment,” said Stansbury coach Brandon Andersen. “When we were able to drop six in the net that first half it was fantastic.”
Stansbury put pressure on the Tooele defense with long passes to the wing players, and were able to get some close shots against THS keeper Jaren Wilson. Wilson did a good job making saves, but Stansbury was able to knock one in within the first six minutes of the game.
Sophomore striker Tarl Lewis connected for the first goal followed by a goal from midfielder Tyler Williams about seven minutes later to make it 2-0.
Tooele penetrated SHS territory with a few shots about 14 minutes into the game, but Stansbury’s defense and keeper Shane Conn prevented the Buffaloes from finding the net.
Stansbury’s Ian Thompson knocked in a goal from about 10 yards away at the 22-minute mark, and one minute later Clayton Holdstock connected to make it 4-0 Stallions. Williams hit a shot straight down the middle which got past Wilson to make it 5-0 still in the first half, and Junior Calderon knocked one in at the 37-minute mark to make it 6-0.
The game ended early when the Stallions scored four quick goals in the second with the wind. Calderon popped in another goal followed by a score from defender Taylor Johansen. Midfielder Sam Babcock hit a ninth goal for the Stallions, and when Stansbury scored a 10th goal the game was called.
Stansbury High School Principal Kendall Topham presented the Region 11 championship trophy to the SHS soccer team after the game.
Stansbury also honored seniors Josh Gallegos, Calderon, Josh Meyer, Babcock, Tayler Johansen and Williams. The coach also honored junior goalkeeper Conn who will graduate early and not play next season.