SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Layton High won its first boys soccer state championship in 14 years with a thrilling penalty kick victory over Herriman in the 5A championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium.
After battling to a scoreless draw through the first and second halves, and through two overtime periods with just a few chances put on frame, the game was to be decided by penalty kicks.
The first seven attempts were converted until Layton goalkeeper Sam Hunter came up with a sprawling save. That gave Leo Urrutia a chance to be the hero, and he converted with a shot that found the corner of the net to give the Lancers the title.
“I was nervous,” Urrutia admitted.. “But Sam knew that I had the confidence to put it in the back of the net and it happened. It feels amazing, realizing that you’re the one to put that PK in the back of the net, it’s a great feeling. I’m never going to forget this.”
In the 4A title game, Alta’s Josh Affleck scored in the 7th minute to give the Hawks the lead over East, and they never relinquished it thanks to goalkeeper Adam Teerlink.
After denying the Leopards all game long, Teerlink faced a penalty kick by the dangerous Yves Govina, but Teerlink came up with the biggest save us his life to preserve the 1-0 victory.
What kind of confidence did Teerlink have to have to make that save?
“A little bit, I suppose,” he said. “I mean, it takes a lot of guts to stand up to that. But I’ve been practicing that all season.”
“All year long I’ve talked about how they’ve been grinders,” said Alta head coach Lee Mitchell. “They just find a way to grind the game out.”
This is Alta’s second state title in the last three years.