High school girls soccer: Golden goal propels Layton past Lone Peak in OT thriller

LAYTON — The golden goal has a bit of a unique history in the world of soccer. It has been around, as a game-deciding mechanism, for almost 150 years. FIFA has utilized it, as has UEFA. It’s also made appearances in the European Championships, as well as the World Cup.

While many, if not all, of those associations no longer use the golden goal to decide overtime affairs, it is an integral part of Utah high school soccer.

No one at this moment is more keenly aware of that than the Layton Lancers and Lone Peak Knights.

With Thursday afternoon’s 6A quarterfinal match between the teams tied nil-nil after 87 minutes, Lancer Atley Thompson stepped up to attempt a free kick. It wasn’t her first of the game, but it would be her last.

Thompson drilled the ball, from the just outside the box on the left wing, into the far post of the Lone Peak goal. The post redirected the kick past Lone Peak keeper McKayla Wetsel and directly into the back of the net.

Just like that, Layton had a 1-0 victory and a berth in the semifinals.

“(Atley) came to me and asked if she could take a (penalty kick) or the next thing closest to goal and I said absolutely,” said Layton head coach Tara Ferrin. “I told her to put it on goal and she did.”

“I knew I could put it in and finish the game right there,” said Thompson. “When I take kicks I kiss the ball before I set it down, and this time I just knew it was going in.”

“It feels awesome” the junior added. “We lost to (Lone Peak) the first game of the season and we knew they were a beatable team.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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