Fall sports kick off early with girls soccer actionAug 12, 2022 02:06PM ● By Josh McFadden
The high school sports fall season doesn’t technically begin in the fall. In fact, most sports get underway before school begins in mid-August.
Take girls soccer, for example, which made its 2022 debut the first week of the month. Local teams Davis, Farmington, Bountiful, Viewmont and Woods Cross already have a couple of games under their belts. First-week action was busy and largely successful for the teams.
In their first two games of the season, the Darts had their offense on full display. Davis unleashed a devastating attack, compiling 17 goals total. In the opener on Aug. 2, Davis crushed Logan 8-1, racking up five goals alone in the first half. Olivia Flint scored three of the goals, with teammate Emery Jacobs adding two more. Kayla Wade, Avery Thai and Karlie Rigby also scored.
On Aug. 6, Davis was even more dominant in a home game against Hurricane. This time, Davis scored at will, lighting up the scoreboard with eight first-half goals. Once again, Flint had three goals in the rout. Meanwhile, Beth Neville had a pair of goals, while Simone Packer, Tessa Franks, Brooklyn Phongsavath and Jacobs chipped in goals. Elepha Magley and Lexi Lund shared goal-keeping duties in the shutout.
Davis played at Viewmont on Thursday.
Fellow Region 1 team Farmington split its first two games of the young season. The Phoenix are coming off an 8-9 campaign in which they were 6-6 in league play.
On Aug. 2, Farmington had little trouble with Westlake. In a road game, the Phoenix broke a 1-1 halftime tie by scoring three goals in the second half. In the 4-1 victory, Bella Sacket and Madison Davis each had a goal and an assist. Cara Christensen and Swayzee Arnell also scored. Bailey Burrup and Whitney Avei contributed assists.
Things were a lot more difficult in game two on Aug. 4. A home game with Region 4 power Lone Peak saw the Phoenix fall 3-0. Farmington trailed just 1-0 at halftime but gave up a pair of second-half goals.
This week, Farmington played at Corner Canyon on Tuesday (after our press deadline). The Phoenix traveled to American Fork on Thursday.
In Region 5, the Redhawks also went 1-1 last week. Coming off a second-place showing in Region 5 with a mark of 8-2, Bountiful is eager to build on last season’s success. The Redhawks went 12-5 overall in 2021.
The Redhawks opened the new season with a 3-2 overtime win over Region 1 foe Layton on Aug. 2. Both teams scored a pair of goals in the second half after a scoreless first half. In the extra session, Bountiful secured the win with a goal. On the day, Belle Sorensen, Morgan Jensen and Kate Holbrook scored. Jensen added an assist too, while Ellyse Kessler recorded two assists. Two days later, the Redhawks had trouble with Salem Hills in a 2-0 loss at home. Salem Hills scored in each half and kept the Bountiful offense at bay. This week, Bountiful played at West on Tuesday (after our press deadline) and at Juan Diego on Thursday.
The Vikings are one of the few teams in the state to have already played three games. The opening week was a busy one for Viewmont, which went 1-2 in the contests. Viewmont was 8-11 overall last season and 3-7 in region games.
Viewmont’s first two games were decided by shootouts after neither team scored in overtime. In game one at Sky View, Viewmont’s Kaylee Garlick scored in the second half to tie the game. However, in the shootout, Sky View prevailed by outshooting the Vikings 4-3.
On Aug. 5 at Logan, Viewmont’s Megg Harrison scored in the first half off an assist by Brynn Rees. After a second-half Logan goal and two scoreless overtime periods, the game went into a shootout. Here, Viewmont won 4-3 in the exciting penalty kicks contest.
The next day, Viewmont had a Saturday game at Green Canyon, falling in a tough 2-0 contest. The Vikings tried to get back to their winning ways this week. On Tuesday, after our press deadline, Viewmont hosted Wasatch. The next game was Thursday at home against state power and crosstown rival Davis.
The Wildcats were 4-6 in Region 5 a year ago, tying for third place. Overall, Woods Cross went 11-7. This season got off to a good start with a thrilling shootout victory over Corner Canyon on Aug. 2.
In the contest, the Wildcats trailed 2-1 at halftime but added a second-half goal to knot things up at 2-2. The game went into overtime, but neither team found the back of the net in the two sessions. However, Woods Cross dominated the shootout 4-1 to secure the win. In regulation, Samantha Vincent and Mina Nydegger scored, with Nydegger and Oaklee Anderson picking up assists.
The 1-0 Wildcats hosted Murray on Tuesday and next travel to Cache County to face Mountain Crest on Aug. 12. λ