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Region 1 girls soccer begins as Davis stays undefeated

Aug 31, 2023 03:08PM ● By Josh McFadden
Ashley Bangerter, Davis (16) does a ball-balance on her belly.

Ashley Bangerter, Davis (16) does a ball-balance on her belly.

School has started in Davis County, and so has Region 1 girls soccer action. 

After winning each of its five non-league matches, the Davis Darts picked up a victory in their region opener, ousting Weber 5-0 in a display of strong defense and potent offense. The Darts are now 6-0. 

Despite the blowout win, things were tight early on, and the Darts didn’t get rolling on offense until the second half. All five Davis goals came after halftime. That’s when Jessi Larkin found her groove. The senior scored a pair of second-half goals, the first two of her career. Emmerson Taylor Sammy Maudsley and Calie Clark also scored. Assists came from Tessa Franks and Brooklyn Phongsavath. Elesha Magley got her shutout, the third of the season for the senior. 

Through six games, Davis has allowed just two goals while scoring 23. Four of Davis’ six wins have been by at least three goals. 

The Darts are favorites to capture the Region 1 title and repeat as Class 6A champions. So far, the team has been dominant. Davis hosted Fremont on Tuesday, after our press time. Next up is a trip to Syracuse on Thursday. 

Tessa Franks, Davis (22) mixes it up with Madeline Orme. Photos by Roger V. Tuttle


The Phoenix went 4-2 in non-league contests and are 1-1 in Region 1 games to start out. 

Last week, Farmington beat Syracuse in an exciting shootout, outdueling the Titans 3-2 in penalty kicks. The game was tied at 2-2 after regulation. Neither team scored in the two overtime periods. Farmington trailed 1-0 at halftime but got goals from Oaklee Stanford and Paige Erickson in the second half. Stanford also had an assist, as did Claire Rencher. For Erickson, it was her second goal of the season and sixth of her career. Stanford, just a freshman, got her first-ever high school goal in the win. 

Farmington fell to 5-3 overall on Tuesday in a high-scoring 5-4 loss to Weber. The Phoenix nearly made an amazing comeback after trailing 4-0 at halftime, a nearly impossible deficit to overcome in soccer. But the Phoenix tallied four goals of their own in the second half. Unfortunately for Farmington, Weber tacked on one goal after halftime to earn the win. Macey Call had a big day for the Phoenix. The sophomore had three goals to give her five for the season. Cara Christopherson had the other goal. Rencher had two assists, and Taytem Grant and Morgan Nielson each assisted on goals. 

The Phoenix will look to get above .500 in region play this Thursday when they host Layton.