Boys soccer season comes to an end for Davis County squadsJun 03, 2021 02:33PM ● By Josh McFadden
Bountiful’s Kalei Medeiros goes high for the ball, barely missing the face of Farmington’s Cameron Bingham in the Phoenix victory over the Braves. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
Unlike the 2020 campaign, the 2021 season was a full one for Davis County Schools (and the rest of the school throughout the state). But for five Davis County boys soccer teams, the season wasn’t quite as long as they wanted it to be.
Davis, Farmington, Bountiful, Woods Cross and Viewmont each bowed out at the state playoffs, putting an end to the season.
The Darts were seeded fourth in the Class 6A state tournament, thanks largely to a second-place finish in Region 1. Davis ended up 11-3 in league play, three games behind undefeated Weber.
At state, Davis earned a first-round bye and then hosted Region 1 foe Clearfield in the second round May 18. The Darts had already defeated the Falcons twice during the regular season, but the third meeting wasn’t easy. After a scoreless first half, Davis’ Stephen Seelos scored a second-half goal to put his team ahead. Goalie Jude Walker and his backline teammates held Clearfield scoreless in the Darts’ 1-0 victory. It was Walker’s seventh shutout of the year.
Two days later, in the quarterfinals, Davis faced another league opponent. This time it was Fremont, a squad the Darts crushed 8-0 just two weeks before.
Fremont was a completely different team this time around.
Davis fell behind 2-0 25 minutes into the game. Trailing by two goals at halftime, Davis got a second-half goal from Jerick Sparrow to make it 2-1. But that was as close as the Darts would get.
With the loss, Davis ended its season with a 13-4-1 record.
The Phoenix were 6-4 in Region 5 action and secured the No. 5 seed. Farmington was the highest-seeded team to not receive a first-round bye. Instead, the Phoenix took on Payson at home on May 14.
After cruising past Payson 8-0 in round one, Farmington took down region rival Bountiful on May 18 by the count of 3-1. The two teams were knotted up at 1-1 at halftime, but the Phoenix had a solid second half, outscoring the Braves 2-0. Cameron Bingham scored all three Farmington goals. Abe Ashby, who had four goals in the first-round win, assisted on two of Bingham’s goals. The win was Farmington’s first against Bountiful this season in three tries.
The Phoenix moved on to the quarterfinals on May 21 against Maple Mountain. Farmington faced a tough matchup against the second-best team from Region 8. Chandler Gunn scored in the second half for Farmington, but it gave up two goals in the first half and never caught up, losing 2-1. The defeat ended the team’s season with a record of 12-6.
The Braves won Region 5, posting a 7-3 record. Still, by virtue of a lower strength of schedule, the Braves got a less favorable seed (No. 12) than Farmington. After edging Timpanogos on May 14 by the score of 1-0, Bountiful moved on to the second round for a date with Farmington.
In Farmington’s 3-1 win, Bountiful’s lone goal was a first-half score from Kalei Medeiros. It was his fifth goal of the year. The Braves finished with a 10-7 record on the year, a big improvement from the team’s 4-9-2 mark two years ago when the Braves last played a full season.
The Wildcats were 5-5 and fourth place in Region 5. The team began the state tournament as the No. 13 seed.
After pouring in five goals in a three-score win over Olympus in round one on May 14, the Wildcats had a challenge against Maple Mountain on the road in the second round on May 18. Elvis Corado scored in the first half for Woods Cross, helping his team go into halftime tied up at 1-1. But Maple Mountain added a pair of goals in the second half, and the Wildcats lost 3-1.
The Wildcats finished the 2021 season at 10-8 overall.