Snow Canyon falls at Mountain Crest in title game – St George News

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Snow Canyon’s Jolee Irvin appears to shoot past the Mountain Crest goaltender at the top of the box, but was ruled offside on the play, during the first half at the 4A State Championship, Herriman, Utah, 22 October 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

HERRIMAN— The Snow Canyon High School women’s soccer team finished second in the 4A state playoffs, losing the title game to champion Mountain Crest 3-0 on Saturday.

Snow Canyon vs. Mountain Crest in the 4A Women’s Soccer State Championship, Herriman, Utah, Oct 22, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Two nights earlier, Snow Canyon had come from behind to defeat Sky View in the semi-finals, 2-1. But like so many other teams this season, the Warriors failed to score a goal against strong Mountain Crest defense in Saturday’s final. The Mustangs had 15 shutouts in 17 wins this season and hadn’t been scored since August.

Saturday’s title game was played in blustery weather at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman.

Mountain Crest got the jump on Snow Canyon when second Hadli Barrera scored in the first minute of the contest.

About 15 minutes later, Snow Canyon sophomore Jolee Irvin appeared to beat Mountain Crest goaltender Hadlee Glenn at the top of the box and fired a shot at her that rolled into the center of the net.

However, the game was called off when the linesman ruled offside, leaving Snow Canyon still trailing 1-0.

Late in the first half, Barrera scored again, giving the Mustangs a 2-0 halftime lead.

The Mustangs added another goal late in the second period on a deflection, while continuing to keep Snow Canyon off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.

Snow Canyon players and coaches with the 4A State Runner Up Trophy, Herriman, Utah, October 22, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Snow Canyon head coach Connor Brown said his team took an unlucky break by allowing that first goal in the first minute.

“It’s a tough way to start a league, especially against a team that doesn’t concede very often,” Brown said.

“Our girls dominated the first half in possession,” Brown added. “We had the majority of the chances, but they had another chance and they took it and gave them props.”

“That No. 24 who created her second goal did it on her own,” Brown said of Barrera’s second score. “It was an incredible individual goal.”

Region 10 champion Snow Canyon, who loses just two seniors at graduation next spring, finished their remarkable season with a 14-5 overall record.

“I expect to be back here,” Brown said.

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