Woods Cross looking strong in girls soccerAug 31, 2021 11:35AM ● By Josh McFadden
Davis’ Keeper Kami Warden (12) knocks the ball off the head of Farmington’s Brynlee Austin (38) deflecting her attempt to score. The game went into double overtime with the Darts winning 4 to 3 in a shoot-out. Photos by Roger V. Tuttle
After a few weeks of non-league play, Region 5 girls soccer teams are kicking off a crucial stretch of the season.
Region 5 games started this week for the girls, including contests for Woods Cross, Viewmont and Bountiful. The Wildcats had a successful non-region portion of the season, amassing a 6-0 record.
Last week, the Wildcats went 2-0. Woods Cross first took down Green Canyon on the road on Aug. 17 by the count of 2-0. Kate Howes scored both goals for Woods Cross – one in each half. Sarahi Vazquez assisted on one of the goals. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alisi Tauataina got the shutout, her first of the year.
On Aug. 19, Woods Cross unleashed five goals against Herriman. Playing on the road, the Wildcats built a 3-1 halftime lead and increased that with two more goals in the second half. Four players scored for Woods Cross, including a pair of goals from Oakley Anderson. Eve Laycock, Kirsten Kirkham and Howes each had goals. Mina Nydegger, Gracie Thain and Howes had one assist each.
Woods Cross began region play by hosting Bonneville on Tuesday (after our press deadline). The team plays at Box Elder on Thursday.
The Vikings enter region action with an even 3-3 mark. One of those victories came last week in a 1-0 home win over Wasatch on Aug. 17. Mati Ball broke a scoreless tie in the second half with the game-winning goal. Goalkeeper Addi Welsh got the shutout, and Lacey Lindquist had the assist on Ball’s goal.
Two days later, Viewmont fell in a hard-fought game against American Fork. The exciting match was so close that not even a pair of overtime periods could decide it. Eventually, American Fork prevailed in a shootout. Viewmont led 2-1 at halftime, but American Fork tied things up with a 2-1 advantage in the second half. Ball had another goal, but teammate Kim Hendrickson was the leader with two goals.
American Fork dominated the shootout 4-1 to come away with the victory.
The Vikings’ first Region 5 game was Tuesday at Northridge. Viewmont played at Bountiful on Thursday.
The Redhawks played in a pair of 3-0 shutouts last week – one on each end of the spectrum.
Bountiful first fell to Sky View by that score on Aug. 17 but did the same thing to opponent West two days later. In the win, Caroline Hellewell and Chloe Pickett had goals, while Oakley Jensen had a goal and an assist. Daisy Williams got her second shutout of the season.
Bountiful hosted Box Elder on Tuesday to begin Region 5 play and next entertained Viewmont on Thursday.
Davis and Farmington
In Region 1, the Darts and Phoenix have already gotten league play underway. The two teams met on Aug. 17 in both teams’ region openers.
The game didn’t disappoint.
After a scoreless first half, each squad found the back of the net in the second half. Sammy Kearns scored for Farmington, and Emerson Taylor got a goal for the Darts. With a 1-1 tie after regulation, the contest headed to overtime. In two extra periods, neither team scored, so a shootout was next.
Even this portion of the game was close, with Davis eventually prevailing 4-3.
This was Davis’ only game of the week, but the Phoenix had one more: a 2-1 setback to Layton on Aug. 19. All three of the game’s goals came in the second half, with Swayzee Arnell scoring for Farmington.
This week, the Phoenix hosted Fremont on Tuesday and played at Syracuse on Thursday. Davis played at Clearfield on Tuesday and played at Weber on Thursday.