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image THS’s Rachel Tolbert fights off a West High School player during Tooele’s 5-0 loss to the Panthers on Thursday.

August 19, 2014
Tooele soccer splits games to open season

The Tooele girls soccer team bounced back from a 5-0 shutout at West on Thursday, and again from a one-goal deficit in the first half to beat Canyon View 3-1 on the road in Cedar City on Friday.

“When we lost to West that was kind of a wakeup call. Our speed of play was too slow,” said head coach Ruth Alvarez. “Then when Canyon View scored in the first half, everybody was kind of like ‘this shouldn’t have happened, but it did, so what’re we going to do about it?’”

With the clock winding down in the first half, Canyon View’s Courtney Trujillo was unmarked in the box for a corner kick and notched the goal to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

“It was a silly mistake,” Alvarez said. “They let one person be unmarked and you can’t let that happen in your defending third.”

The Buffs used three second-half goals from Lexis Bolliger, Madalyn Tate and Megan Alvarez to make the comeback in dominating fashion: Megan Alvarez scored on a penalty, Tate scored on a through ball played in from the midfield, and Bollinger put the nail in the coffin.

“They tied their bootstraps and played the game,” Ruth Alvarez said.

“She just has some fancy footwork and she nailed it, it was beautiful,” she added of Bollinger’s goal. “It went right up in the corner.”

With the loss, Canyon View dropped to 1-2 on the season, with both losses coming at home after a 2-0 victory at North Sanpete to open the season.

Tooele evened its record at 1-1 with the win and will face Taylorsville for the home opener Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Taylorsville suffered an 8-0 loss to Murray on Friday to open the season.

Alvarez said her team needs to come out strong and fast to get a win against a team that may be pretty evenly matched against the home side.

“If they don’t have the game speed on it’s going to be rough,” Alvarez said.  

Tavin Stucki

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tavin Stucki is sports editor for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. Stucki graduated with a journalism degree from Utah State University in 2014, where he worked at The Utah Statesman as staff writer, sports editor, news editor and editor-in-chief, respectively, for four years. Stucki served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland from 2008-10.

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