SANDY — Nicole Jenkins scored the only goal of the championship match, a driving grounder to the right side of the net, as Cedar captured its first girls state soccer championship Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium with a 1-0 nailbiter over region rival Desert Hills.
Just nine minutes into the second half, after the teams had battled to a scoreless tie in the first 40 minutes, Jenkins got a perfect lead pass from teammate Holly Carpenter and beat DH keeper Kaley Brooksby for the tiebreaking goal.
Except for that goal, Brooksby was perfect in the game. Cedar’s keeper, Shay Bauman, made one less mistake, recording a shutout, her seventh of the season and 12th of her high school career.
The defenses ruled the rest of the game after the tally by Jenkins and Cedar was able to celebrate its first 3A soccer title.
The Lady Reds had a tough road to the title after a late season swoon in region play. Cedar lost three straight games late in the year, scoring just one goal in consecutive losses to Desert Hills, Dixie and Snow Canyon.
The losing streak moved the Lady Reds from a tie for first to fourth place, which meant an opening-round road trip to No. 1-seeded Park City. Cedar pulled that one out 2-1, then beat two-seed Payson 3-0. Friday brought a rematch with nemesis Dixie in the semifinals and Cedar won that one as well, 3-2, setting up Saturday’s championship.
Jenkins, one of the top scorers in the state, recorded her 19th goal of the year in the championship.
Desert Hills ends the year with a 14-5 record.
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