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Orem junior forward Clete Bergeson celebrates after scoring a goal during their 5A first round match against Viewmont in Orem on Saturday 15th May 2022.

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Orem Junior Forward Clete Bergeson (right) is congratulated by a team mate after the 5A first round match against Viewmont in Orem on Saturday May 15, 2022.

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Orem Junior midfielder Jesse Ruiz (14) moves the ball during the 5A first round match against Viewmont in Orem on Saturday 15th May 2022.

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Orem and Viewmont players battle for the ball during the 5A first round match in Orem on Saturday 15 May 2022.

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Orem and Viewmont players battle for the ball during the 5A first round match in Orem on Saturday 15 May 2022.

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Orem and Viewmont players battle for the ball during the 5A first round match in Orem on Saturday 15 May 2022.

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

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Orem and Viewmont players battle for the ball during the 5A first round match in Orem on Saturday 15 May 2022.

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

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Orem and Viewmont players battle for the ball during the 5A first round match in Orem on Saturday 15 May 2022.

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

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One of the frustrations that the Orem boys football team had to deal with during the up-and-down 2022 season was that it was difficult to get the ball into the net.

“We kind of struggled with our degree,” Tigers head coach Joey Sandres said Saturday. “There’s never been a boy who took the reins and said, ‘I’m going to be the goalscorer.'”

However, he had someone who came up to him and said he wanted to be that guy: junior forward Clate Bergeson.

“I said OK and we got out earlier than normal practice time,” Sandres said. “We worked specifically to get to the back post from the outside. I think he’s one of the top scorers on the team.”

Given that work, it came as no surprise that Bergeson led a blast from the Tigers in Saturday’s 5A first-round matchup against Viewmont at Orem.

The junior scored a hat-trick to lead the Tigers to a 4-2 win over the Vikings and keep their season alive.

“I think we played with a lot of heart,” Bergeson said. “Last year we struggled in the playoffs, but this year we played as a team and carried on. We talked before the game about fighting hard for each other and we did that.”

Sandres said he felt the entire team played well to claim the win.

“I thought it was fantastic,” said Sandres. “Once we settled down and started moving the ball, I think they played very well and created chances. They applied everything we did in practice, which means bringing numbers forward and really testing the goalkeeper. It’s an incredible feeling to see the guys implement exactly what we’ve been doing throughout the week. You could see them having fun playing their style. It was a good performance.”

Bergeson got Orem rolling in the 22nd minute when he got behind the Viewmont defense on the left side of the field and drilled a rocket past the diving keeper.

Just two minutes later he would double the Tiger advantage from almost the same spot.

“I really don’t have the words to describe what it was like to score those two goals,” said Bergeson. “I’ve never experienced that, but it feels really good. It was just a matter of committing to the shot. I worked hard on it all week and it showed.”

He nearly scored a hat-trick within five minutes as he looped the ball around the oncoming Viking keeper, but his shot went just wide.

Orem actually scored the third goal of the half – except it came from a miss that went into the Tigers’ net and put Viewmont back on target at the break.

While that could have been a huge shift in momentum, Sandres felt his team had coped well with the unfortunate setback on the own goal.

“I think they knew that was something that was out of their control,” Sandres said. “When they came back, they picked up exactly the same style they had taken the lead with. I think it was wonderful to see that reaction.”

Although the visitors had a few chances to level, it was – who else – Bergeson who got through for Orem again.

He took a great pass from junior Drew Thomson in the middle of the field in the 66th minute and buried it to extend the Tigers’ lead.

“That was the icing on the cake,” Bergeson said. “It was a hard fought game but after one went in I wasn’t worried anymore. It felt so good to see the hard work pay off.”

Orem would score from junior Tyler Klein to take a 4-1 lead before Viewmont scored a final goal in the last five minutes.

Sandres said the focus now is on getting ready for the next game and enjoying the ride.

“We always tell them that nothing is guaranteed,” Sandres said. “This was the last guaranteed game and it’s up to them. One of our assistant coaches told them that it’s up to the boys to win this tournament. It is your decision. It’s her ability. It’s her talent. It is up to you. I think that with this win they are even more excited about training and preparing for Tuesday.”

Bergeson said he just wants to see this group get as many games as possible.

“I’ve played with these guys for a long time, especially the seniors,” Bergeson said. “I want to give them a chance to have fun at this tournament and have a good ending to their high school career.”

The Tigers (number 14) play number 3 Wasatch in the second round, which is scheduled to take place in Heber on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m



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