Girls soccer roundup: Region 5 play opens successfully for BountifulSep 09, 2021 02:06PM ● By Josh McFadden
Bountiful’s Caroline Hellewell (12) is congratulated by teammates for her goal and the game’s only score against Viewmont. The Redhawks aggressive play resulted in a 1-0 win and a 6-2 record. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
There’s a lot of action ahead, but so far, so good for the Bountiful girls soccer team.
The Redhawks won a pair of games last week to improve to 6-2 overall. Both wins came in league action as Bountiful opened up the Region 5 portion of its schedule. Considering the team won three region games a year ago, it’s already quite the turnaround for the Redhawks.
On Oct. 24, Bountiful began its region slate with a 4-2 win at home over Box Elder. Bountiful notched two goals in the first half, but Box Elder matched that effort to make the score all knotted up at halftime. Bountiful added two more goals in the second half, and the Redhawks’ defense kept the Bees off the board in the second 40 minutes of play.
Ellyse Kessler and Gabrielle Vance had big days for the Redhawks. Kessler had two goals, and Vance had a pair of assists. Caroline Hellewell and Kanani Boyer also had goals for Bountiful, while Brianne Hodge and Kate Holbrook had assists.
Two days later, at home against Viewmont, the defense rose to the occasion and shut out the opposition. Daisy Williams was big in the goal but had plenty of help from her teammates. Hellewell scored in the first half for the game’s only goal.
At 2-0 in league action, the Redhawks faced Woods Cross on Tuesday on the road for the week’s only game. Next up is a contest at Northridge next Tuesday.
The Vikings went 1-1 in their opening week of Region 5 games. Aside from the close loss to Bountiful, Viewmont picked up a 2-1 victory over Northridge on Aug. 24. The Vikings had to battle back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime to come away with the win. Thankfully for Viewmont, Kate Pitt and Kim Hendricksen each found the back of the net in the second half to earn the come-from-behind triumph. Brynn Rees recorded an assist.
Viewmont began the week with a 4-4 overall record. The Vikings hosted Bonneville on Tuesday (after our press deadline).
Last week, the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season, and it came at the hands of Region 5 foe Bonneville on Aug. 24 by the score of 1-0. The defeat snapped a six-game winning streak for the Wildcats.
Woods Cross rebounded, however, two days later to even its region mark at 1-1. This time, the Wildcats were on the other end of a 1-0 score. Battling Box Elder, Woods Cross edged the Bees thanks to a goal from Gracie Thain, her first of the season. Goalie Alisi Tautanina got her second shutout of the season and eighth of her career.
The Wildcats’ game with Bountiful on Tuesday had big implications in the Region 5 standings.
In Region 1, the Davis Darts are off to a strong start as they often are in league play at 3-0. Two of those wins came last week as the team began this week in a first-place tie with Syracuse atop the league standings.
On Aug. 24, Davis outlasted Clearfield 1-0. Olivia Flint provided the game’s lone goal, while Kami Warden had her third shutout of the 2021 campaign. Then, on Aug. 26, Davis tallied three goals in a 3-1 victory over Weber. That win brought the Darts’ overall record to 5-1. Flint scored again, as did Emery Jacobs and Brooklyn Phongsavath.
The Darts played at Layton on Tuesday and hosted Syracuse on Thursday in a key Region 1 contest.
The Phoenix are facing some growing pains in their first season in Region 1. Heading into the week, Farmington was 1-3 in league games and 2-5 overall.
Farmington did pick up a 1-0 home win over Fremont on Aug. 24. Emmy McKeon got the shutout in the net. It was her first full shutout of the year. Marianne Barber assisted on a Whitney Avei goal, which proved to be the game winner.
On Aug. 26, the Phoenix fell to league-leading Syracuse by the score of 3-1. Swayzee Arnell got Farmington’s lone goal.
On Tuesday, Farmington played at fellow 2-5 squad Clearfield. On Thursday, the Phoenix hosted Weber.