The following is sponsored by Utah Youth Soccer Association.
8:30am IHC Fields, Orem, UT
In a matchup between two of the Premier 1 teams in the 04 age bracket, Impact SJ came out on top 2-1 behind the outstanding play of #21 Jordy Fernandez and #12 Logan Sorensen. After a fairly uneventful first half which saw Rangers dominate most of the possession but unable to break the Impact defense, the second started more lively with an early goal from Jordy Fernandez on a pass from Logan Sorensen.
The goal seemed to bring Impact to life and the game was much more even in the second half. As Rangers pushed for an equalizer they opened themselves up for a counter attack. A sublime through ball from Logan Sorensen sent Jordy Fernandez on his way and his cheeky little chip beat the Rangers keeper for his second of the day.
Rangers pushed forward looking for something to bring them back into the game and were unlucky that a shot from #33 Matthew Hadley was saved off the line. As Rangers continued to attack a goal looked inevitable. Clayton Ecalano took a shot which appeared to once again be saved off the line by the Impact defense, but after looking at his assistant referee, the ball did cross the line and Rangers was back in the game.
With chances for both times heading down the stretch it felt like another goal was going to be coming. In the dying moments of the game a cross found the Rangers Matthew Hadley in the box, whose shot went just wide. The Impact defense held on and enabled their team to escape Orem with a 2-1 victory.
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