Woods Cross starts region play off with wins in girls soccerSep 09, 2022 10:19AM ● By Josh McFadden
Up in the Air: Farmington’s Swayzee Arnell (9) and Layton’s Kayla McBride (12) try to tip the ball in their team’s favor. The scales didn’t move until the double-overtime with the Phoenix scoring and winning 1 - 0. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
September has arrived, and so has region play in girls soccer across the state. Region 1 teams are already a few weeks into the league schedule. But in the smaller Region 5, last week was the first time region foes started playing one another. Woods Cross was victorious in its opener.
Woods Cross and Viewmont
The Wildcats were 5-2 in non-region play and started off the league portion of the schedule with a 3-1 victory over Viewmont on Aug. 30. It was the fourth-straight win for Woods Cross.
In the contest, played at Viewmont, all four goals came in the first half. Oaklee Anderson scored two of Woods Cross’ goals, her fourth and fifth of the year. The other goal came courtesy of Alisi Tauataina. Stella Hammond and Mina Nydegger got the assists.
For Viewmont, Brynn Rees scored on a Katie Wersland assist. But the Woods Cross offense was too much for the Vikings. Viewmont dropped to 0-1 in region play and 5-3 overall. This week, the Vikings faced Northridge at home on Tuesday, followed by a game at Bonneville on Friday. As for Woods Cross, it hosted Bonneville on Tuesday for its only game of the week.
The Redhawks got an earlier start on region action than Woods Cross and Viewmont, having lost to Bonneville 5-1 on Aug. 23. Last week, the Redhawks fell to 0-2 in league play with a 3-2 loss at Northridge. The defeat came as a result of a shootout, where Northridge prevailed 4-3.
In the contest, both teams scored goals in each half but failed to find the back of the net in either of the two overtime periods. Hayley Smith and Caroline Hellewell scored for Bountiful, while Sophie Winzeler got an assist. It was Hellewell’s third goal of the season and the 17th of her career. It was also Smith’s third goal of the season.
Bountiful had just one game this week, a home match with Box Elder on Tuesday, after our press deadline.
Farmington and Davis
After five region games, Farmington is tied atop the league standings with a 4-1 mark. The team is 6-3 overall heading into this week.
Last week, the Phoenix suffered their first defeat of the year, a 1-0 setback to Davis on Sept. 1. The Darts scored in the second half of what was a scoreless game, courtesy of Emery Jacobs. Goalie Elepha Magley got the shutout, giving her 3.5 for this season. Farmington played tough defense but couldn’t penetrate the Davis backline for a goal. It was just the second time an opponent had shut out the Phoenix this season.
Prior to its loss to Davis, Farmington did shut out Layton 1-0 on Aug. 30. Playing at home, Farmington got a goal from Swayzee Arnell on an assist from Savannah Barlow. Emmy McKeon was excellent in the net, getting shutout number 2.5 this season. The Phoenix played Syracuse at home on Tuesday and host Clearfield on Thursday.
Davis, now at 5-3 overall and 3-2 in Region 1, suffered a 3-0 loss at Syracuse on Aug. 30 before its big win over the Phoenix. Davis was hanging close at halftime, down just 1-0. However, Syracuse scored twice in the second half to pull away. The Darts looked to move up the standings this week when they faced Layton at home on Tuesday, after our press deadline.
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