Lehi girls’ football splits into quarters as the game continues

The Lehi High School Women’s Soccer Team had two wins and two losses at the start of the regional season.

August 9: Clearfield 2, Lehi 1

The Pioneers allowed two goals in the first period at home, including one from a penalty. Although they topped and overpowered the Falcons in the second half, the depleted roster didn’t have enough firepower to come out of the hole in this final out-of-region tilt.
Senior midfielder Aeyan Gomm provided the Pioneers’ lone goal with an assist from junior midfielder Erin Dahl. Senior goaltender Hayley Ogden recorded seven saves.
“We came out very flat and went down 0-2 early and couldn’t recover,” coach Tim Graham said. “Although our second half was fantastic, we just couldn’t overcome the two goals we conceded early in the game.”

August 19: Lehi 5, Jordan 0

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The Pioneers bounced back with a vengeance as they opened the Region 8 season at home to the Beetdiggers, scoring four goals in the first half and one more after the break. Ogden made four saves to preserve his shutout.
Lehi secured the early lead with a score from senior striker Stephanie Roper with a gift from senior striker Sarah Ballard in the 13th minute. At minute 26, Roper found the target again after receiving a pass from first-year midfielder Isabelle Dahl.
It only took five more minutes to add to the tally when senior defenseman Stella LaRivière passed the ball to junior forward Kali Ehnot for the next goal. Roper then found Ballard in the lead and she scored the fourth in the 36th minute.
The dynamic front-row duo combined again at minute 61 to complete the night’s Lehi total. Roper had two goals and two assists while Ballard scored two goals with one assist.
“The team was mentally prepared for this game, and it was good to be a bit more fit,” Graham said. “Sarah’s comeback has been huge for us.”

August 23: Lehi 3, Mountain View 1

The Pioneers roared from behind with three unanswered goals in the second period after scouting the Bruins up 1-0 at the break.
Lehi leveled the score in the 48th minute when Erin Dahl hit Roper and she converted on the chance. Ten minutes later, the Pioneers took the lead for good when Roper passed to second-year midfielder Adelle Grimley and she finished the game by putting the ball in the net.
Lehi got what the coach called “the nail in the coffin” at minute 66 when senior defender Olivia Smith sent a pass to Roper and she found the target to put the game away. Ogden made seven saves in the effort.
“It was a good recovery win against a quality opponent,” Graham said. “We fought back against adversity and it was nice to see. We were down 0-1 at half time and came out ready to go in the second half.

August 25: Timpanogos 3, Lehi 0

Once again missing key players through injury, the Pioneers could not organize any attack against the talented Timberwolves. Ogden made 13 saves in the game but the visitors got three points in the first half and never looked back.
“Injuries killed us again,” Graham said. “We have to have our strongest line-up when we face teams like this.” Lehi is now 4-4 overall and 2-1 in regional play.

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