Trio of Davis County teams advance in 5A boys soccer playoffsMay 20, 2021 12:10PM ● By Josh McFadden
Wait for it: Woods Cross’ Jagger West (blue jersey) and Olympus’ Max Foulger wait for the ball’s return to earth. The patience paid off for the Wildcats with a 5-2 win and an advancement in the state tournament. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
Three Davis County teams picked up wins in the opening round of the Class 5A boys state tournament last week. Now, all three advance to the second round on their march toward the state title game.
The Phoenix had the biggest blowout in the first round of the 5A tournament. Farmington, a No. 5 seed and highest-seeded team to not secure a first-round bye, cruised past 28th-seeded Payson 8-0 at home on May 14.
Farmington scored five goals in the first half alone, building an insurmountable advantage and winning its third game in a row. Davis Wadsworth relieved goalkeeper Adam Esobosa in the second half, as the two goalies shared the shutout. Abe Ashby single-handedly routed Payson, as he scored four goals and dished out two assists. Coleman Stetler, Cameron Bingham, Chandler Gunn and Austin Argyle also found the back of the net. Gun and Bingham added two assists apiece.
With the win, Farmington improved to 11-5 on the year. The Phoenix face a familiar foe in the second round. They hosted Bountiful on Tuesday (after our press deadline). The winner takes on the winner of Maple Mountain and Woods Cross on Friday.
Speaking of the Braves, they outlasted Timpanogos 1-0 at home on May 14. The 12th-seeded Braves got a second-half goal from Nick Reeves to move on in the state tournament. The defense played well, led by goalie Parker Hayford, who had his third shutout of the season.
The 10-6 Braves played Farmington twice in the regular season. The last meeting was on April 30 and ended in a 3-2 double-overtime win for Bountiful. The Braves won the other meeting, 2-0, on April 13.
The Wildcats delivered a stellar offensive performance in their state tournament game against Olympus on May 14. Playing at home, the Wildcats prevailed 5-2, with five different players scoring.
It was a tight 3-2 game at the half, and then the Wildcats clamped down on defense. Wood Cross added two more goals to preserve the important victory. The 13th-seeded Wildcats improved to 10-7 on the year. Landon Ward, Jagger West, Ryan Wray, Elvis Corado and Nathan Blanchard registered goals. Landon Bott had two assists.
On Tuesday, the Wildcats traveled to Maple Mountain to take on the fourth-seeded team in the tournament. A win there would send the Wildcats to the quarterfinals on Friday to play the winner of Farmington and Bountiful.
The Vikings weren’t so fortunate in their first-round contest last Friday. After grabbing the 11th seed, Viewmont earned a home match with 22nd seed Provo. The Bulldogs came away with a 3-2 upset.
Viewmont led 2-1 at halftime but went scoreless in the second half while allowing a pair of goals. Ben Gladwell and Taison Yoshida scored for Viewmont, which ended its season with a 9-7-1 record.
In the Class 6A ranks, Davis snagged the No. 4 seed in the tournament, thanks to its strength of schedule and 12-3-1 record. The Darts closed the regular season with five consecutive wins and went 11-3 in Region 1, three games behind undefeated and No. 1 seed Weber.
Davis faced Clearfield on Tuesday, a team it defeated 2-0 and 3-1 during the regular season. A win would move the Darts to the quarterfinals to take on the winner of Fremont and Westlake.