Late goal salvages tie for Westlake boys soccer against Bingham
The Westlake boys soccer team had every reason to feel disheartened late in Friday night’s Region 4 home game against Bingham.
The Thunder saw their early 1-0 lead evaporate when the Miners had put together a five-minute blitz right after halftime and scored a pair of goals.
Westlake tried to rally but time was running out.
The Thunder likely were down to their final couple of opportunities when it surged to assault the Bingham goal. The Westlake fans groaned as the cross was deflected and went wide, but the play wasn’t over.
Thunder sophomore Braxton Bergholm tracked the ball down on the far side of the goal and got it back into the middle.
Westlake junior forward Fabrice Aitkin was waiting.
Aitkin poked the ball past the lunging Miner keeper, tying the game and sending it to overtime.
Neither team was able to find the net in the two extra periods, resulting in a 2-2 tie.
“It was a crazy game,” Thunder head coach Don Bastian said. “I don’t even know what to say about it. Both teams battles hard and it was well-fought. We had chances to win — both teams did. It was an even game.”
Westlake got on the board first when senior Sean Magoffin was able to get to a bouncing ball after the Thunder sent the ball long. He got just enough of it to slide it inside the near post and make it a 1-0 game.
But Bingham got a goal from senior Santiago Hanks in the 45th minute and a second goal from senior Taylor Davis in the 50th minute to take the lead.
That set up the drama of the final minutes and the overtime periods.
“The takeaway is that we have to learn how to finish in tight situations,” Bastian said. “We got the ball in position but we got frantic. We have to stay calm and find a way to get the final goal in the end.”
There was also a long delay when Westlake junior Kamden Beck suffered a significant ankle injury. Only a minute after play resumed, two players collided resulting in a possible concussion for a Miner athlete and a bloody nose for his Thunder counterpart.
“The team had to keep playing and play through it,” Bastian said. “Tonight we will all call him (Beck) and talk to him about it.”
Westlake (5-2-2, 2-2-1) next hosts Lone Peak on April 16, while Bingham (3-1-3, 3-1-2) gets a break before hosting Pleasant Grove on April 23.