Viking toughness: Pleasant Grove boys soccer gets big win at Lone Peak | News, Sports, Jobs


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Cole Memmott (6), Pleasant Grove senior, celebrates after he was released on Wednesday April 27th.

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The Lone Peak and Pleasant Grove players battle for the ball during the Region 4 game at Highland on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

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Pleasant Grove Junior Liam Oberhansly shoots during the Region 4 game against Lone Peak at Highland on Wednesday April 27, 2022.

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The Lone Peak and Pleasant Grove players battle for the ball during the Region 4 game at Highland on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

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Jon Fritcher, sophomore of Pleasant Grove, takes part on Wednesday, April 27th.

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Lone Peak sophomore Thom Cramer kicks a penalty kick during the Region 4 game against Pleasant Grove at Highland on Wednesday April 27, 2022.

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The Lone Peak and Pleasant Grove players battle for the ball during the Region 4 game at Highland on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

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It can be difficult for an all-boys high school football team to maintain momentum when they score a goal, only to have a goal scored by the opposition almost immediately afterwards.

That was the situation Pleasant Grove found itself in during Wednesday’s Region 4 battle at Lone Peak.

The Vikings scored the first goal when they were fouled in the box and second John Fritcher used the ensuing penalty in the 31st minute.

But basically, the Knights’ next attack ended with exactly the same result. Lone Peak was fouled and second Thom Cramer equalized.

Would Pleasant Grove recover from the lead evaporating so quickly?

Thanks to Viking senior Cole Memmott, the answer was yes – and that propelled Pleasant Grove to a 3-1 win over the Knights.

“We played really well,” said Viking head coach Chris Ecalono. “Lone Peak holds the ball well. Even though we got a set piece at home, I felt like they had the run of the game. We created more chances tonight, so I’m happy with our performance.”

Ecalono said he was proud of how his team responded to the adversity, something he said earlier in the year it didn’t do.

“The low point of the season was at Corner Canyon because when they scored we kind of withered,” Ecalono said. “We came back strong in that game.”

The deciding game came just four minutes after the Knight penalty.

The Vikings moved the ball around the near side of Lone Peak’s box looking for an opening. Fritcher cut to the touchline and then dropped the ball back to Memmott.

He fired a perfectly placed ball into the top corner, straight into the far post to finally put Pleasant Grove ahead.

“That was huge,” Ecalono said. “Cole is one of our captains. Since that corner canyon he has challenged himself and done a lot for us. He’s been working on getting mentally stronger and tonight he was in the zone. He rarely shoots so it was great to see him execute on offense.”

The brilliant strike proved a game winner, although Pleasant Grove scored an insurance goal early in the second half which was also scored by Memmott.

Thanks to the Viking backline’s excellent performance, Lone Peak never had a chance to rally.

“They attack in the middle of the field and try to find their wings behind them,” Ecalono said. “We were able to plug that and when they went to the sidelines we tried to keep them there.”

Ecalono said his side knew this was a key competition and played that way.

“One of our goals is to defend our regional championship, which we have won three years in a row,” said Ecalono. “Corner Canyon is the team to beat, but the winner of that game was the only one who had a chance to catch them. So we knew it was big and we needed it.”

He said that playing well in Region 4 is key to achieving the best possible scenario for the upcoming 6A playoffs.

“We played Farmington and Bingham last season but couldn’t win either of them,” said Ecalono. “Region 1 is tough so we have to do well to get a good matchup. We want to compete and get a high seed, then we’ll go for a run.”

Pleasant Grove (9-4, 4-2) hosts Skyridge next on Friday, while Lone Peak (7-6, 3-4) hosts Westlake the same night.

Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m



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