"It's tough being cold and slick and getting used to the big field," said senior forward Corey Arthur, who scored the Hawks' first goal on a free kick in the 10th minute. "It's good to see we could come out and win."
Scoring goals in a flurry is nothing new to the defending Class 5A champions, who have now outscored opponents 25-2 this season.
However, playing from behind was a new experience. Juan Diego's Emmanuel Hurtado beat goalkeeper AJ Snell from 20 yards out in the 3rd minute and provided the first deficit of the season for Alta.
"It was a new situation for us, but I think we did well, scoring right after," Arthur said.
The goal snapped a 323-minute shutout streak for Alta. The only other goal allowed this season was in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Bingham on March 20.
Smith's goal bounced off the back of Juan Diego's Chris Ward, who was tangled up with Smith, battling for a cross from Alta's Sam Sower.
Juan Diego goalkeeper Jesse Reifsnyder's shot ricocheted off a Soaring Eagle defender and glanced just inside the left goalpost. Sophomore Will Bagrou headed in a corner kick in the 33rd minute to beat Reifsnyder for the fourth and final time.
"This was fun. I think it was a nice thing Real did," Alta coach Lee Mitchell said. "For the boys to play on this field, it's incredible for them. An experience of a lifetime."
It was the first meeting between the neighboring schools. Alta advanced to the final with a 2-0 victory against Sky View on Friday. Juan Diego (9-3) defeated Jordan 4-1 Friday.
Storylines Real Cup tournament
R Alta scores three goals in a five-minute span in the first half and win the Real Cup at Rio Tinto Stadium.
• A Juan Diego goal three minutes in was the first Alta has allowed in regulation this season.
• It was the first meeting between the south valley neighbors.