OGDEN — Late March rivalry soccer games with a picturesque setting might just be Ben Lomond’s cup of tea.
Nearly a year to the day after the Scots’ boys soccer team beat Ogden 3-2 to break a seven-game losing streak against the Tigers that dated back to 2012, Ben Lomond one-upped Ogden 2-1 on Friday evening in the teams’ first meeting of the year.
“It feels just amazing, knowing that before (the seniors) got here, it was like 5-6 years straight in a row where we weren’t able to beat them,” Ben Lomond’s Erik Arroyo said. “And knowing that we’re making a change and being able to beat them it just fulfills us and our dreams, it feels amazing.”
Arroyo scored a first-half goal to give Ben Lomond (4-3, 3-1 Region 11) a 1-0 halftime lead. Ruben Soto fired into an empty net in the second half to wrap the game up.
Or so it looked.
Ogden (2-2-1, 2-1-1) had a free kick on the edge of the Scots’ penalty area late in the second half. It was a rocket free kick that was well saved, and then the referee signaled an Ogden penalty kick.
JJ Muniz buried it, leaving BLHS’s keeper rooted to the spot.
It set up a frantic final five minutes, but the Tigers could come no closer than a cross that fizzed through the penalty area and out of harm’s way.
“We got some unfortunate mistakes that we made and they were able to play off of that. It’s always a well-fought game between the two, it’s a good rivalry,” Ogden coach Todd Scott said.
For now, the win means Ben Lomond leapfrogs the Tigers in the region standings to third place. It may not mean the most with two-thirds of the region schedule still remaining.