Darts, Braves sitting atop respective regions in girls soccerSep 13, 2021 01:28PM ● By Josh McFadden
Bountiful keeper (red jersey) Daisy Williams stops the shoot-out kick by Wood Cross’ Eve Laycock securing the 6-5 win for the Redhawks. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
A few weeks into the Region 1 portion of the schedule, the Davis girls soccer team still holds an unblemished mark in league play.
As this week began, the Darts were 5-0 in region games. More importantly, Davis was No. 2 in the Class 6A RPI rankings, which will determine playoff seeding.
Last week’s action featured a pair of 1-0 victories for Davis, as the team showcased its strong defense and ability to prevail in tight games. First came a win at Layton on Aug. 31 in double overtime. Rachel Bodkin got the one and only goal of the game after neither team could find the back of the net in regulation or the first overtime period. Taygan Sill got the shutout.
Two days later, Calie Clark assisted on a second-half goal from Tessa Franks as the Darts slipped by Syracuse at home. Sill got another shutout, as Davis blanked an opponent for the sixth time this year. In fact, in its eight games, Davis has only allowed a total of four goals.
This week, 7-1 Davis played at Fremont on Tuesday (after our press deadline) and hosted Farmington on Thursday. The Darts and Phoenix went to a shootout in the teams’ previous meeting on Aug. 17, with Davis prevailing.
Over in Region 5, the Redhawks are a perfect 3-0 in league play, sharing the lead with Bonneville. In RPI rankings, Bountiful is fourth.
The 7-2 Redhawks played just once last week, and the game was a tight one. In a defensive struggle, Bountiful and Woods Cross played to a scoreless tie in regulation. After neither squad could score in overtime, the contest moved to a shootout. Even this portion of the game was a tight one, with Bountiful eventually prevailing 6-5 for the win.
The Redhawks played at Northridge after our press deadline on Tuesday. On Thursday, Bountiful had a huge game at home against fellow league-leader Bonneville.
Through nine games, six Bountiful players have scored goals. Caroline Hellewell leads the way with five, with Chloe Pickett registering three. Goalie Daisy Williams has three shutouts.
The Wildcats are also 7-2 overall, with one of those losses coming in league play – the shootout loss to Bountiful.
Woods Cross has allowed just six goals all season while pouring in 16. Kate Howes has been prolific on the offense end, totaling nine goals, by far the most on the team. Kirsten Kirkham and Oakley Anderson each have two goals.
This week, the Wildcats can improve on their 2-1 region record with a game at Northridge on Friday. The Wildcats played at Viewmont on Tuesday after our press time.
In its lone game last week, Viewmont dropped a hard-fought contest that ended in a shootout loss to Bonneville. Both teams scored two goals in the opening half but shut one another out in the second half and in overtime. Kate Pitt and Kaylee Garlick had goals for Viewmont. Bonneville won the shootout round 6-5, dropping Viewmont’s record to 4-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Viewmont hosted Woods Cross on Tuesday and traveled to Box Elder on Thursday.
Farmington’s one and only game last week was a successful one, as the Phoenix won in blowout fashion: a 5-0 shutout over Clearfield. The win improved Farmington to 2-3 in Region 1 and 3-5 overall.
In the win, the Phoenix were up 2-0 at halftime and added two goals in the second half. Emmy McKeon and Issy Hoskins combined to get the shutout in the net. Brynlee Austin had a big day on offense, as she tallied a trio of goals. Bailey Burrup and Swayzee Arnell also had goals. Austin now has six goals on the season.
Farmington hosted Weber on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Phoenix got to meet up with league-leading Davis.