Farmington, Davis in contention in tight Region 1 girls soccer raceSep 15, 2022 03:24PM ● By Josh McFadden
Woods Cross’ Bailey Brown (12) tries getting past the tight Bonneville defense of Zia Norton (20) and McCall Monson (26). The Cats were able to claw through with a 1-0 win over the Lakers. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
As this week began, only three weeks remained in the girls soccer regular season. In Region 1, both Farmington and Davis are at the top of the league race.
The Phoenix are 5-2 in region action, tied with Syracuse for first place. Davis was just half a game back at 4-2.
The Phoenix went 1-1 last week to stay tied with Bonneville. Farmington is now 7-4 overall. On Sept. 6, the Phoenix took care of Syracuse at home, winning 2-0. Both goals came in the second half, with Emmy McKeon providing the shutout in goal. Savannah Barlow and Swayzee Arnell scored goals, and Brynlee Austin and Arnell got assists.
Two days later, Farmington fell in an upset to Clearfield, losing 2-0 at home. Both Clearfield goals came in the first half. However, the Phoenix can regain their winning ways this week. They first played at Fremont on Tuesday (after our press deadline) and then traveled to Weber on Thursday.
The Davis girls soccer program is no stranger to winning and contending for championships. This year’s team has suffered a couple of setbacks but is still vying for first place in Region 1.
The 6-3 Darts had just one game last week, but they made the most of it, winning at home over Layton 3-0. Elepha Magley recorded the shutout, and three players scored for Davis. T’maea, Emery Jacobs and Olivia Flint got goals. Tessa Franks and Calie Clark had assists.
Davis has two key games this week to keep pace in the region. It played at Weber on Tuesday and next hosted Fremont on Friday.
The Vikings entered this week in second place in Region 5, trailing 4-0 Bonneville. With a 2-1 league record and 6-4 overall, Viewmont is within striking distance with six games left to play on the region schedule.
Last week, Viewmont outlasted Northridge in a shootout on Sept. 6. Neither team could find the back of the net in regulation or in two overtime periods. However, the Vikings outshot the Knights 4-3 in the penalty kicks competition to win.
On Sept. 9, Viewmont played undefeated Bonneville tough. The game was a scoreless tie at the break before the Lakers managed a second-half goal.
On Tuesday, Viewmont hosted Bountiful. Then, the Vikings will host Box Elder on Friday.
The region schedule has been challenging for Bountiful, which enters this week with a 1-3 mark in league play and 6-4 overall.
A week ago, the Redhawks lost at home to Box Elder in overtime by the count of 4-3. Bountiful was down 2-1 at halftime but got two second-half goals to Box Elder’s one to even things up. Belle Sorensen, Ellyse Kessler and Caroline Hellewell scored for Bountiful. Chloe Pickett and Kate Hollbrook had assists. The Redhawks picked up their first region win on Sept. 9 with an exciting 2-1 triumph in two overtimes at Woods Cross. Kessler and Oakley Jensen scored, and Hellewell had a pair of assists.
This week, Bountiful opened up at Viewmont on Tuesday and next hosted first-place foe Bonneville.
The Wildcats are also 6-4 overall. In region games, they are 1-2, with both of those losses coming a week ago.
On Sept. 6, Woods Cross couldn’t overcome a two-goal first half from Bonneville in a 3-1 loss. Jaycie Bott scored off an assist from Bailey Brown in the first half, but it wasn’t enough. Then, on Sept. 9, Bountiful’s 2-1 double-overtime win over Woods Cross was the Wildcats’ second consecutive defeat. Oaklee Anderson scored in the first half for Woods Cross. Nixon Milliron got the assist.
The Wildcats can start a new winning streak this week with a game at Box Elder on Tuesday (after our press deadline) and a home match with Northridge on Friday). λ