Region 5 boys soccer: Only a few games remain for local teams to improve rankingsMay 15, 2023 10:38AM ● By Josh McFadden
Woods Cross’ Brayden Lloyd (Keeper) blocks a shot by Viewmont’s Mackay Stacey (9) but couldn’t block the Vikings 3-1 win over the Wildcats. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
With many teams down to their final two games in regular-season play, the Class 5A state tournament is starting to take shape.
In Region 5, Bountiful has the highest RPI ranking, sitting at 14th. Viewmont is 20th, while Woods Cross is a distant 27th. Still, every team will have a shot at playing for a state title when the playoffs begin May 12. The single-elimination tournament has games on the higher-seeded teams’ home fields in rounds one and two as well as the quarterfinals.
The Redhawks are 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Region 5 games. They have won three of their last four games, with the lone loss being a heartbreaking defeat in a shootout.
Most recently, on Tuesday, Bountiful shut out Bonneville 1-0 on the road. The lone goal came in the first half, while the Redhawks played tight defense to keep the Lakers off the board. The aforementioned shootout loss came at the hands of Box Elder on April 28. Both teams scored goals in the first half, with Bountiful’s coming from Trent Millard. The shootout was a classic, with Box Elder outlasting the Redhawks 8-7.
Bountiful hosts Woods Cross on Friday and then plays at Northridge on Monday in the regular season finale.
The Vikings are 5-4 in Region 5 and 6-6 overall. Just one region contest remains on the Vikings’ schedule, a Friday home clash with Box Elder. On May 8, Viewmont travels to Wasatch in a regular-season ending non-region game.
On Tuesday, Viewmont, defeated Northridge 2-1, an identical result as the teams’ previous matchup on April 14. In this rematch, the Vikings scored in each half with Cole Halterman getting both goals. Max Larsen assisted on one of the goals. It was Halterman’s fifth goal of the season, which is tied for the top spot on the team with Larsen. Halterman also leads the squad with six assists.
On April 28, Viewmont lost to Bonneville 1-0. It was just the second time this season that the Vikings were shut out.
The 5-8 Wildcats are 2-7 in Region 5, bringing up the rear in the standings. As of our press time, the Wildcats were on a four-game losing streak. Yet, three of those four losses have come by a single goal, with the fourth being a 3-1 defeat.
On Tuesday, Box Elder got by the Wildcats, winning 2-1. Playing on their home field, the Wildcats got a goal from Nathan Blanchard in the second half. It was his team-leading fifth goal of the season. On Monday, Woods Cross lost to Bonneville 1-0. This followed a 3-2 defeat courtesy of Northridge on the road on April 28. In that contest, Josh Tibbetts scored both of Woods Cross’ goals, one in each half.
On Friday, Woods Cross hosts Bountiful to wrap up the regular season. λ