Woods Cross, Viewmont battling for top of Region 5 boys soccerMay 06, 2022 12:26PM ● By Josh McFadden
The flying feet and flowing mane of Woods Cross’ Nathan Blanchard (2) splits Box Elder defenders working his way to the goal and a 2-0 win. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
Just one week remains in the regular season of Utah high school boys soccer. The Region 5 race – as well as playoff seeding – is still up in the air.
In Region 5, Viewmont began this week with a 5-3 mark, but Woods Cross was just half a game behind at 4-3 (tied with Northridge for second place). The Wildcats will fit in three games during the final week of regular season play, while the Vikings have two contests left to clinch the league crown.
Viewmont had three games last week, going 2-1 to bring its overall record to an even 6-6. The Vikings lost to Northridge 2-0 on April 26, allowing both goals in the second half after a scoreless tie at the break. But the Vikings regrouped and picked up wins over Bountiful (3-1 on April 28) and Bonneville (2-1 on April 29) to stay atop Region 5.
Against Bountiful, Viewmont got off to a good start – a 2-0 halftime lead. Both teams scored in the second half, but the Vikings won comfortably, getting revenge for a 2-1 loss to Redhawks on March 29. Viewmont’s Mason Hanson, Cole Halterman and Brighton Allen scored goals. For Bountiful, Thomas Thorne scored the lone goal.
Viewmont’s one-goal win over Bonneville came in overtime. It was the second one-goal victory over the Lakers this season for the Vikings. Viewmont trailed 1-0 at halftime before knotting the score at 1-1 in the second half. Allen, Kenyon Grange and Collin Tullis scored for the Vikings.
Viewmont can wrap up the region with two wins this week. The Vikings hosted Woods Cross on Tuesday in a game that could have decided the championship. On Friday, the Vikings play at Box Elder. The state tournament begins next week.
As for the Wildcats, they can still win Region 5, especially with a win over Viewmont. They also play at Northridge on Friday and wrap things up next Monday, May 9 at Box Elder.
Woods Cross actually holds the most overall wins in the region with eight in 14 tries. The Wildcats won both their games last week, scoring two in each contest. First was a 2-1 win over Bountiful on April 26, followed by a 2-0 shutout at home against Box Elder on April 29.
Gage Gardner and Aiden Burke were the goal-scorers against Bountiful, as the Wildcats scored in each half. Michael Williams got the shutout in the net against Box Elder. Garret Smith and Nathan Blanchard registered goals for Woods Cross in that victory.
Bountiful lost three games last week, 2-1 to Woods Cross, 3-1 to Viewmont and in a shootout with Northridge, losing 4-2 after the teams were tied at 1 in regulation.
In Class 6A, Region 1’s Farmington went 1-1 last week. The Phoenix began this week of play at 10-4 overall and 6-4 in the league standings. They are in third place, a game behind Syracuse for second and two games behind the leader, Weber.
Farmington shut out Layton 2-0 on April 27, getting a solid game in the net from goalie Davis Wadsworth. Cole Janke and Abe Ashby assisted, while Gavin Wanner and Cameron Bingham scored.
Two days later, Farmington couldn’t solve Syracuse and its tough defense in a 1-0 loss.
The Phoenix had a chance to play spoiler on Wednesday against Weber. The final regular game is next Monday, May 9 at Layton.
The Darts also entered this week at 6-4 and in third place in league play. Davis is 8-4 overall and had a challenging two games last week.
Davis fell to Weber on the road on April 27 in a 3-0 shutout loss. The Darts also went scoreless two days later in a 2-0 defeat at Fremont.
This week, Davis plays its final two games of the regular season. These contests offer a chance for Davis to climb up the league standings and secure a better playoffs seed. Davis hosted Clearfield on Tuesday and played at Layton on Thursday. λ