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Lehi players watch a penalty shootout during the 5A championship match against Alta at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi players take photos with the runner-up trophy after the 5A championship match against Alta at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi sophomore Colton Marsing dribbles on the field during the 5A championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi freshman Gavin Fenn (20) gets a header during the 5A championship match against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi sophomore Colton Marsing was blocked during the 5A championship match against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi junior Nate Shepherd fights the ball during the 5A championship match against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi junior Alfred Vargas completes the ball during the 5A championship match against Alta at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi junior Nate Shepherd kicks the ball during the 5A championship match against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Senior Lehi Christian Jones takes a free kick during the 5A championship match against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Lehi head coach Tim Graham hugs one of the players after the 5A championship match against Alta at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Coming into Wednesday’s 5A state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy against Region 8 rivals Alta, the Lehi men’s soccer team has decided on five games on penalties.

Pioneer record? 5-0, including beating Stansbury in the semifinals.

So, when the final seconds of the second overtime started with no team being able to score, Lehi had plenty of reason to believe.

But this time their fate came to an end as the Hawks stopped and fired shots to give Alta a 0-0 (3-1) victory over the Pioneers and win the 2022 state title.

“This is probably the best game I’ve ever coached,” Lehi head coach Tim Graham said. “This is a high level chess match. You hate losing in PKs, but that’s what it is. We can’t put it down, but the game plan is right. He did everything he was asked to do. We have opportunities, many opportunities. But if you’re going to lose one, like a heart attack, you’re more likely to have a tough one close by than to sign up unprepared.

The chances of scoring are higher during the contest because the defense is unwilling to make mistakes.

Lehi got some good chances from Colton Marsing, senior Christian Jones and junior Nate Shepherd, but none of them could find the net. On the other hand, the Pioneer defense led by senior Tyson Haunga and sophomore goalkeeper Caleb Cowley is just as dashing.

That results in a round that comes down to a penalty shootout. Unlike in the semifinals, this time Lehi was first – only to hit the first shot blocked by the Hawk guard.

“If you don’t make the first one, then the next one is harder,” Graham said. “But it’s not anyone’s fault. Her guard did a good job of reading and guessing correctly. It’s just unfortunate.

Although the results were not what the Pioneers expected, Graham said he is very happy with what the team is doing in 2022.

“You can’t get anything back,” Graham said. “They leave everything on the field. They don’t hold anything and you can’t get any more. From where we came from when it took over four years ago to where they are and what they’re doing and the level they’re playing at, I can’t even describe the immense amount of pride I have for them.It’s hard to make words.They are amazing.

Graham said the team will have a vacancy to fill with four seniors who will advance.

“First of all, we tell everyone to enjoy traveling,” Graham said. “We will miss our senior. We love him and his leadership. He has been wonderful and very successful.

But this Lehi squad has a large number of underclassmen who will be hungry to get more opportunities to compete for the title.

“For these young people, it’s going to hurt,” Graham said. “It must be sick. You need to stay there a little and fester. Then they have to build this for another run next year. I don’t want to focus on the bad but I want to be sick. Then let’s focus on the good and all that it does. And next time let’s finish. ”



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