October 7, 2016. That’s the last time the Sugar-Salem’s girls’ soccer team lost a game in the regular season until Tuesday. Whether it was the weather or the large crowd or the fact that Sugar hadn’t been challenged in weeks, the Lady Diggers lost to Teton 3-2 in Driggs ending their 27-game-regular-season unbeaten streak.
“Any time you go to Teton’s field, it’s going to be tough to win,” said Sugar-Salem head coach Scott Terry. “No matter what past scores or things say, they’re always going to be a good team on their field. It’s tough to play them up there. You could tell they’re a lot more used to playing in the bad weather than we were and they came out with a lot more fire than we did. It showed at the end of the game.”
The game started with snow coming down on the players.
“It was pounding snow and we could barely hear each other on the field,” Terry said.
Teton’s Kate Bleffert put Teton up 1-0 20 minutes into the game when she made a shot from outside the box.
Ten minutes later, Sugar’s Abrea sent a ball up to Morgan Teichert who finished outside the box to tie the game at 1-1.
A few minutes later, Sugar put in a cross and a Teton player reached up and touched the ball with her hand giving the Lady Diggers a penalty kick. Sunny Bennion put in the penalty kick to give Sugar a 2-1 lead with six minutes left.
With a couple minutes left in the half, Bleffert scored on another Sugar break down putting the ball into the corner of the net to tie it 2-2 going into halftime.
“There were good and bad things that were happening,” Terry said of the first half. “It was good to see us fight back after being down 1-0 to pull forward 2-1 but then to immediately give back our lead is also frustrating. Especially when I feel like we’ve been pretty good defensively throughout the season and to have a couple defensive breakdowns. That’s frustrating but a good opportunity to for us to learn.”
In the second half, Sugar and Teton traded which team controlled possession on the other team’s half.
“The weather got at least a little bit better in the second half, but the field was still torn up at that point. It makes it difficult to play on.”
Bleffert dribbled two or three Sugar players then scored from the top of the 18” to score her third goal of the game 15 minutes into the second half and give Teton a 3-2 lead.
Bleffert scored her three goals on four or five shots.
“She’s a player that we always know we have to watch,” Terry said. “For Teton, everything runs through her in the middle of the field. I think our central midfield players will admit they didn’t have the best game. We just gave her too much space. When give great players too much space they can make you pay for it. She definitely did that yesterday. Kudos to her.”
Teton once again had a good crowd show up despite the low temperatures and high levels of precipitation.