SANDY, Utah — It was exactly the kind of start the Bobcats were hoping for, but the finishing product eluded them at crucial junctures later in the match.
Sky View scored less than five minutes into the first of two semifinal matches at the 4A Boys State Soccer Championships and had a couple more prime opportunities to extend its lead. Stansbury was able to battle back with an equalizer in the 26th minute, and Monday’s game ultimately was decided in a shootout.
Both goalkeepers were incredible in the shootout, where the eighth-seeded Stallions prevailed 3-2 and advanced to their first state championship match in program history. Sky View keeper Cordell Ludlow deflected Stansbury’s final shot from the penalty spot, but it had enough spin and power to trickle over the mouth of the goal. The fifth-seeded Bobcats had a chance to extend the shootout, but their last shot caromed off the crossbar.