Local girls soccer team off and running for 2021 seasonAug 19, 2021 10:56AM ● By Josh McFadden
Farmington’s Andy Wright (29) works around the West Jordan defense. The game was called a few minutes into the second half due to the mercy rule with the Phoenix ahead 13-0. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
Before the first high school football games kicked off, girls soccer got under way. The blazing heat and smoky air didn’t keep Bountiful, Woods Cross, Viewmont, Farmington, and Davis from getting back on the pitch.
The newly named Redhawks have gotten off to a successful 4-1 start, tied for the most wins among Region 5 teams. The Braves won their first three games, all by the score of 3-1 over Salem Hills and Real Salt Lake Academy (twice), respectively. Last week, the Redhawks went 1-1, suffering their first loss in a 3-0 setback to Bingham on Aug. 10. Bountiful regrouped and knocked off Layton 1-0 on Aug. 12.
Against Layton, Caroline Hellewell scored off an assist by Kanani Boyer in the first half. Goalkeeper Daisy Williams picked up a shutout with the help of her back-line teammates.
Heading into this week, Hellewell and Chloe Pickett are leading the squad with three goals apiece. Boyer and Gabrielle Vance each had two goals. Boyer paces the team in assists with three. Hellewell and Kate Holbrook each have two as of our press time.
Bountiful’s lone game this week was a Tuesday contest at Sky View. Last year, the Braves went 8-10 overall and 3-7 in region play.
The Wildcats opened the year with a pair of wins – 2-1 at Weber on Aug. 3 and 3-1 at Mountain Ridge on Aug. 5. That winning streak continued on Aug. 10 with a shootout win over Corner Canyon. The victory moved the Wildcats to 3-0 overall.
Against Corner Canyon, Woods Cross overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with a second-half goal from Kate Howes. That sent the game into overtime where neither team scored in the two sessions. Woods Cross prevailed in the shootout 2-1.
Kirsten Kirkham and Kate Howes scored in game one, and Howes recorded an impressive three goals in the second game. As this week began, Howes had team-high goals, with five.
The Wildcats played at Green Canyon on Tuesday and travel to Herriman on Thursday.
The Vikings split their first four games, losing the first two but winning a pair last week to even their record at 2-2.
The season got off to a challenging start with a 2-0 loss to Davis on Aug. 3 and a 6-1 loss to Layton on Aug. 5. On Aug. 10, Viewmont slipped by Olympus 2-1. Following this close match was an 8-0 blowout over Cottonwood two days later.
Against Olympus, Brynn Rees and Kate Pitt scored goals. Rees also had an assist, as did Mati Ball. In the rout over Cottonwood, six players found the back of the net. Berkeley Hamaker and Kaylee Garlick each scored twice, while Lacie Lindquist, Ellie smith, Rees, and Kim Hendrickson also scored. Ball and Hendrickson registered two assists apiece, and Addi Welsh got the shutout in the net.
Viewmont hosted Wasatch on Tuesday and then traveled to American Fork on Thursday.
The Phoenix have a new home this year.
Farmington is now part of Region 1 in Class 6A, meaning the team will face a host of new league opponents. The Phoenix began the year with a 1-2 mark, losing twice before blowing out West Jordan 13-0 on Aug. 12. In that contest, Farmington scored 11 goals in the first half alone. Brynlee Austin had three goals, while teammates Anndi Wright and Paige Erickson each had two scores. Sammy Kearns, Erickson, and Mya Morris each had two assists. Goalies Emmy McKeon and Issy Hoskins shared the shutout.
Farmington opened up Region 1 play at Layton on Thursday.
The Darts got off to a 2-1 start with three close games in the opening weeks of the season. Davis opened with a pair of shutout wins over Viewmont and Logan, both by the score of 2-0. On Aug. 12, the Darts fell to former region mate Northridge (now in Region 5) by the same 2-0 count.
Annie Haycock and Simone Packer scored against Viewmont, with Kami Warden getting the shutout from her goalkeeper position. Warden also got credited for the shoutout against Logan. In this win, Emerson Taylor and Brooklyn Phongsavath each found the back of the net.
After playing at Farmington on Tuesday (after our press deadline), Davis played its first region game at Clearfield on Thursday.