The Tooele Lady Buffaloes ran away with a 6-0 win in soccer action against the Grantsville Cowboys, and things got a heated toward the end of the game.
Grantsville’s Des Haas and Tooele goalkeeper Trista Fackrell got into a shoving match that ended with the two of them on the grass fighting each other. Both team’s benches cleared as the coaches and players had to pull the two fighting players away from one another. The referee gave both players red cards and ejected them from the game. The fight took place in the waning minutes of the game with the Lady Buffs already ahead 6-0.
Tooele built that lead in the first half thanks to five goals. The first came in the 17th minute when Kenya Russell dished a pass to Matalyn Pike, who kicked it in for a 1-0 lead. The Lady Buffs then went 22 minutes before they scored their next goal, although two potential goals were missed by both an offsides penalty and a shot that went too high.
Finally, in the 29th minute, Russell put in the first goal of her hat trick after a miscommunication on the GHS defense allowed the ball to settle into the back of the net.
Pike scored her second goal in the 32nd minute after missing high just seconds earlier. She came back after the miss and retrieved the ball. She put the ball in for the 3-0 lead.
Russell scored her second goal in the 35th minute. She launched a shot from about 35 yards out on what was supposed to be a clear by the goalkeeper. Russell kicked it right back, and the ball sailed into the net to put the Lady Buffs ahead 4-0.
Tooele got the ball back immediately, and Russell lined up for a free kick after a foul. She lofted the kick softly, and it snuck into the net just below the top post for a 5-0 lead.
Lexie Bollinger rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 47th minute. She knocked it into the top corner for the eventual final score of 6-0.
The Cowboys will have to wait until Thursday to try and get their first region win of the season. They host the Stansbury Stallions at 3:30 p.m.
Tooele played at Stansbury Tuesday afternoon, and the results from that game will be in Thursday’s edition of the Transcript-Bulletin. The Lady Buffs’ next game will be on Thursday when they host the Ben Lomond Scots.