High school girls soccer: Journee McDowell lifts Layton to 2-1 OT win, 6A semifinals

LAYTON — For Journee McDowell, a senior at Layton High School and a member of the Lancers’ girls soccer team, her beloved sport had nearly been ruined by a common kitchen essential — Saran wrap.

Not literally, no.

The field south of Layton High School hadn’t become a dumping ground for plastic wrap, nor had cling wrap been utilized in place of McDowell’s regular cleats or uniform.

Mentally, however, Saran wrap had wound itself tightly around the goal posts of Region 1, stretched across every frame’s opening and prevented McDowell from scoring goals.

Through 17 games this season she had mustered just two goals, one against Fremont on Aug. 30 and another a month later against the Syracuse Titans.

For a forward/midfielder, there isn’t much worse.

“Ever since I stopped scoring it felt like there was Saran wrap around the goal, making sure the ball wouldn’t go in,” McDowell said.

She had a goal, or an objective, heading into Tuesday afternoon’s 6A quarterfinal bout between Layton and the Westlake Thunder.

She wanted to rip the Saran wrap apart.

“My goal was to break it,” McDowell said.

With four minutes remaining in the first and only overtime period played between the Lancers and the Thunder — the scored knotted at one goal apiece — McDowell got her breakthrough.

She drilled a free kick past Westlake goalkeeper Hadley Whiting and into the back of the net, lifting the Lancers to a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory.

“That felt so good,” an ecstatic McDowell said afterward. “It has been a while since I’ve scored. That was just amazing.”

For much of the afternoon, the Lancers were not.

Despite controlling the game early, courtesy of strong play in the midfield from players like Kinlee McMillian and Kaitlyn Richins, the Lancers quickly fell behind the Thunder 1-0.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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