The first edition of the 2018 Civil Cup looked similar to the first meetings a year ago.
For the second consecutive year, the Hillcrest and Bonneville High School girls soccer teams finished in a draw, as Tuesday, the two rival schools played to a 2-2 finish. The boys game, meanwhile, was dominated by Hillcrest in an 11-0 win under the lights of Thunder Stadium.
When the season began, no one knew what to expect from Bonneville and Hillcrest as each school saw players transfer due the opening of Thunder Ridge High School.
But halfway through the 2018 season, Bonneville and Hillcrest were sitting near the top of the 4A District 6 standings.
And just like in 2017’s first meeting, this season’s battle between the District 93 rivals would end in draw, but in a markedly different fashion from a year ago.
It took more than 37 minutes for a goal to be scored. Knights' Brett Behrend floated a ball just into the top right corner of the goal from 20 yards out over the outstretched hands of Bees goalie Jazmin Barrientos.
Bonneville had a pair of point blank opportunities in the final minutes of the first half but neither opportunity would amount to a goal.
The Knights led 1-0 at halftime.
“We had a lot of missed opportunities,” Bees coach Amy Feik said. “We need to get the ball off our feet quicker, and we will work on that going forward.”
Just as Bonneville had scoring chances, the Knights missed their fair share of opportunities as well.
“We are hungry and in the first half you saw that,” Knights coach Danielle Francis said. “Sometimes you just don’t get the bounces. That happened to us too.”
Just 15 seconds into the second half, the Bees had an opportunity to tie the game as Hillcrest goalie Marie Eldhuset misplayed a ball and left the net wide open for the Bees' Grace Haroldson.
But a sprinting Sydney Monk slid and blocked the shot that trickled harmlessly out of play.
Five minutes later Behrend netted her second goal to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
The final 34 minutes would belong to the Bees, though.
“I thought after that second goal we really controlled the game,” Feik said. “We controlled possession and the attack. Credit the girls. They wanted this one.”
It would take a handful of chances on both sides of the field before Bonneville finally got on the board in the 55th minute.
Jessie Meyers lined a shot into the top of the net from 30 yards to pull the score to 2-1.
Six minutes later the Bees tied the score as Meyers sent a crossing pass to a sprinting Magan Herbst who beat the Knights keeper to tie the game at 2-2.
“In years past, Bonneville may not have come back from being down two,” Feik said. “This team is more cohesive and hungry. They were not going to let it get away.”
The two teams traded chances before the final horn sounded.
“We know we still have work to do,” Francis said. “We are sitting good in the standings, but we can be in a better place. Games like this show us that.”
With six games left in the regular season, both schools are still chasing top seeded Skyline.
Hillcrest (3-5-1, 3-1-1 District 6) hosts Thunder Ridge on Thursday, while Bonneville (4-3-3, 2-1-2) hosts Rigby Saturday.
From the opening whistle, Bonneville High School goalie Kaden Hales was under attack by a tenacious Hillcrest offense.
Jacob Hoover and Hadrian Pena each recorded a hat trick during the Knights' 11-0 victory.
And while the score was lopsided, and the season up to this point has been a struggle for the Bees, the post game huddle was nothing but positive.
Head coach Jason Hall told his team over and over the positives from the match.
For the Knights, the victory seemed like business as usual.
It took 11 minutes for the Knights to get on the board when Saul Espinosa rocketed a shot past the Bees keeper.
Hillcrest tacked on for more goals in the half’s final 30 minutes, but the opportunities for more were plentiful.
The Knights led 5-0 at halftime.
Hoover scored his first goal in the 32nd minute. Goals two and three came in a 1:07 span of the 46th and 47th minutes.
Pena scored his first goal in the 58th minute. His final two game in the 79th and 80th minutes, 1:13 apart.
Hillcrest (7-1-1 4-0-1 District 6) plays at Thunder Ridge on Thursday. While Bonneville (0-9-0, 0-5-0) plays at Highland the same day.