5A boys soccer: Wasatch scores in final minutes to cap off perfect season

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SANDY — There appeared to be some bad omens for Wasatch.

On Wednesday, during the team's final practice of the season, the Wasps lost starting centerback Caleb Smith due to a torn meniscus. Then, during the game, outside back Jace Kirkham had to leave due to concussion protocol.

But you don't win 30 games in a row without dealing with some adversity.

"We always find a way to win," junior striker Jayden Cosper said.

Make it 31 straight.

Cosper scored the game-winning goal with under two minutes remaining to cap off a perfect season with a 1-0 win over Roy to claim the 5A state title.

Wasatch finished 18-0 on the year and is now officially amid a dynasty run. It was Wasatch's second straight title and third in the last four years.

"I always dreamed of winning a state championship; we didn't win just one, we won three," senior keeper Jackson Medina said. "I'm just grateful to be a part of this. This is a dynasty."

But the third one didn't come easy.

Wasatch controlled possession for much of the second half and put loads of pressure on Roy's backline, but couldn't find the back of the net.

Medina — who had rarely been challenged despite the Wasps' injury woes — even began mentally preparing for overtime and a potential shootout.

But as the clock ticked under two minutes, he saw junior forward Liam Davis send in a cross. And then Cosper got free and sent the ball into the back of the net.

Medina was no longer preparing for an extra session; instead, he sprinted down the field to join the celebration.

"Once I saw it go in the back of the net, my heart was going through the roof," Cosper said.

He and everyone else on the Wasatch sideline.

And the Wasps don't think they are done yet.

"Thirty one games, we're rolling," head coach Lance Cosper said. "We are only going to lose six seniors. We're going to be good next year again."


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