The Pioneers break the game open in the second half against the Cougars in their first game

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Natalie Paul pushes the ball forward against a Mountain View defender.

5A girls soccer

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SANDY— It was only a matter of time before the Sandy offense got going.

After being shutout in the first half, the Pioneers girls' soccer squad rattled off five goals in the second half to cruise to a 5-0 season-opening victory against Mountain View on Tuesday afternoon.

Baylee Groom led the Pioneers with two goals while Natalie Paul, Marley Salveter and Cynthia Lainez each added a goal of their own.

"We had tons of opportunities (to score) in the first half. The ball movement and the player movement up front was great, we just couldn't find the goal," Sandy assistant coach Joe Berninghausen said. "In the second half, I think we just turned it up a notch, sorted out a few things in the halftime talk and really got the chance to open it up."

Sandy had 10 shots on goal in the first half, but they weren't able to capitalize on any of them. With several diving saves, Mountain View goalie Ella Mikalson was able to keep her team in the contest.

"(Mikalson) was phenomenal. She made a lot of very very good saves," Berninghausen said.

However, in the opening minute of the second half, the offensive explosion began for the Pioneers.

Look for the full version in the Sept. 6 print edition.

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