Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sam's Hat Trick in State Play Off Game

If a dream situation could happen for Sam to end this years rocky LHS soccer season, last night proved to be a fairy tail only Disney could put on film. 2nd round of play is Saturday 1:00, Logan High vs Judge @ Logan.

Sam setting up for the first of three goals, a hat trick!!!

For the out of towners I copied the Herald's and the Salt Lake Tribune articles.

Grizzlies easily advance
By Wade Denniston
Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:21 AM CDT

Logan picked up right where it left off in the regular season. Sam Emmett was a big reason why. Emmett, playing in her first varsity game of the season, recorded a hat trick to lead the Grizzlies to a 6-0 victory over Carbon in the first round of the 3A Girls Soccer State Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Crimson Field.“I’m very excited, it was really fun,” Emmett said. “The girls were excited that I was playing. I was just glad I could be a part of state.”

Emmett found out before practice on Monday that she was going to be brought up from the jayvee squad. Vanessa Sullivan and Carla Pensamiento were also added to the varsity roster.“What I was looking for was some creativity, giving some teams that might know a little bit about us some new players that they don’t know,” Logan head coach Mitch Peterson said. “So the three players I brought up, nobody knows them — at least (from) this season — so I wanted to add some new blood.”It paid off in a big way as the Region 11 champion Grizzlies (10-3-0) extended their winning streak to nine.

Logan dominated Carbon in every facet of the game. The Dinos (3-14-0), who ended the season by losing five of their last six matches, managed just two shots — both came off of free kicks in the first half.“Our defense has been great, shutout after shutout,” Peterson said. “They’re about as solid as I can think of. I couldn’t ask for any better players. I think our defense can match up equal to any of those (other top) defenses (in the state).” Goalkeeper Taylor Anderson had to make just one save to preserve the shutout.

“It makes us play a lot tougher and we are more relaxed when the defense is doing good,” Emmett said. The Grizzlies reeled off 32 shots, including 20 in the first half alone. Cami Jensen and Maddie Daines had six shots apiece for Logan. The Grizzlies failed to get on the scoreboard during the first 20 minutes of play, but found the back of the net four times during a 16-minute span leading up to halftime. Jensen began the onslaught with a goal in the 21st minute to give Logan a 1-0 lead. Tonya Anderson had the assist as she made a perfect pass into the 18-yard box from the left wing and Jensen easily beat Carbon goalkeeper Lydia Jeppson with a low, hard shot to the left side of the goal. Jensen now has 20 goals on the season.

“We had good communication and we had some pretty good connecting passes,” Emmett said. Daines made it 2-0 for the Grizzlies when she scored in the 25th off an assist from Jensen. Then Emmett took over. The sophomore found the back of the net within a 21-second span as Logan opened a 4-0 lead at the 36:04 mark.“The second one, I didn’t think I was gonna get it in,” said Emmett, who scored five goals against Ben Lomond during a jayvee game earlier this year. “I thought the ball was out already, but I just kicked it and the goalie kind of knocked it in, so I was pretty lucky.” Liz Colston assisted on both of Emmett’s goals.Emmett completed her hat trick with a goal in the 61st to give the Grizzlies a 5-0 cushion.

Peterson then replaced Emmett with Daines and she left the field to a hearty applause from Logan’s faithful. The hat trick came as a surprise to many in the crowd, especially Emmett.“I didn’t even know I had a goal in me, but I just happened to be there and the team set me up with good passes and I was happy I could finish them,” Emmett said. “... I’m just glad that we could do good and capitalize on passing.”

Daines put the final nail in Carbon’s coffin when she scored her second goal of the day in the 73rd. The Dinos, the fourth seed from Region 8, rarely crossed midfield in the second half. Such a big lead afforded Peterson the opportunity to play around with his lineup.“We were running a flat four this second half on defense just to kind of give them a feel for something different,” Peterson said. “It’s great to have that freedom being able to play around with things.”

Prep girls soccer: JV player's hat trick lifts Logan by Carbon
By Dan Biddulph Special to The Tribune
Article Launched: 10/16/2008 01:51:10 AM MDT

LOGAN - Shutouts are nothing new for the Logan girls' soccer team. Wednesday's 6-0 defeat of Carbon in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament was the seventh of the year for the team and goalkeeper Taylor Anderson.

What was new was Sam Emmett leading the way for the offense. Emmett was called up from the JV squad to make her first varsity appearance this year, and she contribute right away, scoring three goals. "The second shot was set up nicely by Katie Sorensen," said Emmett, "I was clear down on the end line, I did not think I would make it, I thought the ball was out, I just kicked it and it went in, but getting the win was a whole team effort."

Maddie Daines and Cami Jensen combined for the team's remaining goals, with Daines putting two in the net. The Grizzlies' relentless offense and smothering defense have resulted in a nine-game winning streak, but coach Mitch Peterson feels it's the girls' unselfish play that makes the team special this year. Peterson is aware of Logan's past struggles in the first two rounds of the tournament - this is the fourth trip for the team to the state tournament in as many years, but the first with Peterson at the helm - but he feels this year could be different.

"I intentionally tried to not know much about anything, so I can remain neutral and not drag in a bunch of history," he said. "My observation is they are playing for each other more than they have done in the past." Logan will next face Judge Memorial in a second-round game Saturday at 1 p.m.


  1. Way to go Sam! Is Saturday's game here or at Judge? I would like to come and watch you play!

  2. The game on Saturday is at LHS. It will be a crapshoot if she plays or not due to the history of the season. But come cheer anyway!

  3. Mitch "Coach ?" Peterson was finally correct when he was quoted as saying "I intentionally tried to not know much about anything..." but at least he was smart enough to play Sam with the varsity in the playoffs. What a fun game to watch! Let's hope the Logan girls can keep it up on Saturday.

  4. Way to go Sam. Go Grizzlies!! We are still hoping to see you in action in the Harvest Cup at Thanksgiving.

  5. I say, "Sam" you say "rocks". "Sam". "Rocks". "Sam". "Rocks".

    I can't wait for the movie!

  6. Sam does indeed rock! Alas, while I was walking across Memorial Bridge, Sam scored her first goal. 30 seconds later I was walking up the ramp to the stands when she scored her second goal. Fortunately, I was facing the right way on her third. Bring on the Bulldogs!

  7. Sam had more fans than a USU football game but only played 7 minutes in the second state game. Another example of great coaching. Thanks to all who came in support and supported in spirit.