Lady Templar Megan Olson moves the ball downfield in the team’s 7-0 victory over Grand on Tuesday, Oct. 3. After crushing Grand, the Manti girls soccer team went on to play Waterford on Thursday, Oct. 5, where they tied 2-2.

 

Waterford pulls Manti Lady soccer team to draw in final game

 

By Matt Harris

Staff writer

Oct. 12, 2017

 

MANTI—A tough Waterford team benefitted from a terrific second half to steal victory from the Manti girls soccer team, playing to a 2-2 draw last Thursday in the Templars’ final game of the regular season.

After the Lady Templars were up 2-0 for most of the game, the Lady Ravens scored twice via the same player, and Manti couldn’t get another score in.

Manti scheduled the nonregion matchup as the last game of their regular season to serve as a primer for the 3A state playoffs.

“No competitor likes to end in a tie especially after holding the other team at 2-0 for 74 minutes,” Manti head coach Elishia Steinfeldt said, “but that is how our game is.”

Junior Karli Arnoldsen and Senior Avalin Cook each found the net in the first half. Those two scores, Arnoldsen’s fourth and Cook’s eighth of the season, brought Manti’s regular season scoring total to 70 goals. Cook’s goal was her 28th in a Manti uniform.

Junior goalkeeper Jentry Young played the first half of the matchup, shutting out Waterford for 40 minutes. At halftime, freshman Katie Larsen entered at goalie for the Templars and kept the shutout active for another 34 minutes. That was when Waterford’s Hayley Taylor ruined it for Manti with two goals in the last six minutes.

Steinfeldt said there were two main reasons why this final game could be looked on as a success. “We had two objectives scheduling this game late in the season,” Steinfeldt said. “Play against a technically skilled and tactically intelligent team that would push us to play a quicker more intelligent game. Play against a physical, hard hitting team that would prepare us for the physicality of state competition.  Both of these objectives were met.”

The Templars end the regular season with a record of 12-1-2, their best record in over five years, and the Region 15 title. “We saw that we can play against teams like [Waterford],” Steinfeldt said, “and we got a taste for the excitement of a tight game. I couldn’t be more proud of my girls.”

The first round of the state playoffs begins on Wednesday, Oct. 11, with Manti facing Summit Academy at home. Game time is 4 p.m.