Champs again: Davis girls soccer wins 6A titleNov 04, 2022 12:00PM ● By Josh McFadden
It was an all-Davis County final in Class 6A girls soccer, with Davis battling Farmington at Zions Bank Stadium on Oct. 21. In the third and by far most important matchup of the season between the two teams, Davis was victorious in an exciting 1-0 contest.
It was the Darts’ second state title in the past three seasons and their fourth since 2015.
This one didn’t come easy for Davis, as Region 1 rival Farmington put up a strong effort in the tightly contested game. But it shouldn’t have been a surprise that the game was close – or even that it ended in a 1-0 result. In the previous two meetings between the teams, the final score was 1-0. Davis outlasted the Phoenix 1-0 at home on Sept. 1, while Farmington returned the favor 26 days later, prevailing by the same score.
This match was for Utah high school girls soccer’s biggest prize.
Davis got a first-half goal from Kayla Wade off a Brooklyn Phongsavath assist. The setup came off a corner kick, which Wade headed into the goal in the 37th minute. The goal was enough for the Darts to hold on. The defense kept Farmington at bay, as goalie Elesha Magley got shutout No. 9.5 on the year. In fact, both defenses played well throughout in a contest that lived up to the stature of a state final.
Davis reached the final by shutting out Skyridge 3-0 in the semifinals on Oct. 18. The Falcons had been a surprise in the state tournament, having lost nine games during the regular season. But their magic ran out against Davis, which got two goals from Emery Jacobs in the first half. Olivia Flint scored in the second half to provide some insurance. The defense kept Skyridge away from the goal throughout the game, with Magley providing the shutout.
Davis finished the season with a 14-5 record. It also had the distinction of winning the state championship without having won its own region. The Darts were 8-4 in Region 1 this year, tying with Layton and Syracuse and finishing a game behind Farmington.
The Phoenix, meanwhile, got to the championship match by shutting out Lone Peak 1-0 on Oct. 18. The Knights entered the contest as Class 6A’s top seed, having not lost a game all season. It was an own goal from Lone Peak with just four minutes left to play that provided the difference. Goalkeeper Emmy McKeon provided shutout No. 5.5 on the year. Farmington finished the season with a 14-6 record. The Davis goal in the final was the only one the Phoenix allowed the entire postseason.
Bountiful comes close to winning 5A championship
The Redhawks nearly made it two state championships in Davis County this girls soccer season.
In a surprising finals matchup on Oct. 21, Bountiful fell in penalty kicks to Skyline after the Eagles prevailed by making four kicks to Bountiful’s two. Neither team managed to find the back of the net in regulation or two overtime periods. The Redhawks’ Daisy Williams had the shutout going into the penalty kicks round. It was her seventh shutout of the year and No. 12.5 of her career.
Bountiful ended the season with a 13-7 record. Reaching the championship round was not something many people would have expected from either Bountiful or Skyline. The Redhawks were seeded eighth in Class 5A, having gone 5-5 in Region 5 during the regular season. Skyline, meanwhile, placed third in Region 6 with an 8-4 mark and lost five games during the regular season, earning a No. 10 seed.
The Redhawks earned their way into the finals by dispatching Cedar Valley 2-0 in the semifinals on Oct. 18. The Redhawks scored a goal in each half, with Chloe Pickett and Ellyse Kessler doing the honor. Belle Sorensen had an assist, and Williams had the shutout.
The Redhawks could be a force next season. Only seven of the team’s 42 players graduate at the end of the year.
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