Tigers extend unbeaten string to 15

May 4 2013 - 11:06pm

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JUSTIN JOHNSON/Special to the Standard-Examiner
Ogden High School’s Diego Diaz (18) and Roque Ceja (7) celebrate after Diaz scored the game-winning goal in the Tigers’ 1-0 win over Pine View in the state 3-A boy’s soccer tournament quarterfinal game at Mount Ogden Park on Saturday.
JUSTIN JOHNSON/Special to the Standard-Examiner
Ogden High School’s Diego Diaz (18) and Roque Ceja (7) celebrate after Diaz scored the game-winning goal in the Tigers’ 1-0 win over Pine View in the state 3-A boy’s soccer tournament quarterfinal game at Mount Ogden Park on Saturday.

OGDEN -- There was a bit of a cat fight on Saturday afternoon.

With a berth in the semifinal round of the state 3-A boys soccer tournament on the line, undefeated Region 11 champion Ogden High School and Region 9 second runner-up Pine View clashed in a bruising, hard-fought, 80-minute tilt at Mount Ogden Park.

Ogden junior forward Diego Diaz knocked home the only goal of the match in the 58th minute, and the Tigers' defense did the rest in gaining a 1-0 victory over the Panthers.

"I'm not sure we won the game today as much as we kept up with them," Ogden coach Sterling Castle said. "That's a good team and we were fortunate we got the goal and get to move on. We worked hard to match their intensity."

The Tigers (15-1-1), who extended their unbeaten streak to 15 straight matches, will tangle with undefeated Region 10 champion Wasatch (17-0-0) in a Friday's 6:15 p.m. semifinal matchup at Jordan High School in Sandy.

"We just tried to contest every ball," said Ogden goalkeeper Auggie Garcia, who earned his fifth straight shutout and 12th of the season overall. "

I think we work hard in practice and that carried over into the game. We just want to get out there and fight for the ball.

"I'm so excited to get to play in the semifinals again."

Saturday's contest was a clash of styles, with Ogden trying to keep the ball on the pitch and play possession-oriented passing soccer, and Pine View attempting to force the tempo with a more direct style of play that often forced the Tigers' defense into scramble mode.

Diaz finally broke the stalemate in the 58th minute, taking a cross from Josue Valtierra in the center of the box from 12 yards out and squeezing it between the goalkeeper and right post.

Instead of hanging their collective heads, being behind seemed to galvanize Pine View's attack and forced Ogden to make several difficult stops, including a scramble in the box that saw a Garcia save, a hit off the crossbar and another off the post in short order.

STATE 3-A tournament

Saturday's quarterfinals

at host schools

Upper bracket

Cedar 0, Park City 0

(Cedar wins PKs, 6-5)

Desert Hills 1, Juan Diego 0

Upper bracket

Wasatch 3, Dixie 3

(Wasatch win PKs, 4-2)

Ogden 1, Pine View 0

May 10 semifinals

at Jordan High School

Cedar (10-7-2) vs.

Desert Hills (14-2-2), 4 p.m.

Wasatch (18-0-0) vs.

Ogden (15-1-1), 6:10 p.m.

 

STATE 2-A tournament

Saturday's quarterfinals

at host schools

Upper bracket

American Leadership 3, Gunnison Valley 2

Summit Academy 2, Oakley 2

Upper bracket

Manti 6, Merit Prep 5 (OT)

St. Joseph 1, Layton Christian 1

May 10 semifinals

at Juan Diego High School

American Leadership (15-1-0)

vs. Summit A., (13-2-0), 4 p.m.

Manti (15-1-0) vs. St. Joseph (12-1-3), 6:15 p.m.

 

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