Bountiful pulls into a tie in Region 5 girls soccer raceSep 15, 2023 10:21AM ● By Josh McFadden
After sitting behind league newcomer Clearfield in the Region 5 standings for much of the season, the Bountiful girls soccer team has made it to the top.
Riding a five-game winning streak, Bountiful is now tied with Clearfield with an 8-2 record, as both teams have just four games to go in the regular season.
In their last two games, the Redhawks have unleashed a potent offense. In fact, in half of its region games, Bountiful has scored at least five goals.
On Tuesday, Bountiful had its most prolific day of the season, destroying Roy at home by the count of 9-2. Seven of the goals came in the first half alone, powering the Redhawks to a commanding 7-1 halftime advantage. Two Bountiful players – Belle Sorensen and Myka Page – had three goals each. Ellyse Kessler had two goals, and Hannah Hammer added a goal. Kessler also had two assists, while Sorensen, Page and Hammer each assisted on goals. But perhaps the biggest stat of the day came from Caroline Hellewell, who racked up four assists in the rout.
On Sept. 7, the offense didn’t do quite as much damage, but Bountiful still had five goals in a 5-0 shutout over Bonneville at home. Daisy Williams and Eliza Naegle shared duties in the net at goalie, each getting 0.5 shutouts. Sorensen scored three times, while Hellewell and Hammer scored goals. Hellewell also had an assist, as did Addi Gines and Kessler.
A few Redhawks have posted some eye-popping stats this season. Sorensen had 13 goals so far, 11th in the state and third among all Class 5A players. Hellewell has 11 assists, which is fifth-most in the state and first among all 5A girls soccer players. She also has nine goals, second on the team. Kessler has seven goals and eight assists.
Bountiful looks to keep things rolling this week when it plays at Northridge on Thursday in a road game. When the two teams met on Aug. 17, Bountiful won handily 5-0. The Redhawks also play at Viewmont on Sept. 19.
Through 10 region games, the Wildcats are 4-6 and in fifth place in Region 5. Overall, Woods Cross is 5-6.
The Wildcats have dropped three games in a row, all by two goals or fewer. On Tuesday, the Wildcats had an exciting, offense-filled game at Box Elder falling 4-3 in double overtime. Woods Cross overcame a rough first half in which it was down 3-1 at the break. However, a two-goal second half forced overtime. Ultimately, Box Elder found the back of the net in the second overtime to win. In a losing effort, Woods Cross’ Oakley Anderson had three goals, with Clara Howes assisted on two of them.
Clearfield shut out the Wildcats on Sept. 7 by the score of 2-0 on the Wildcats’ home field. The Falcons scored in each half, as Woods Cross was held without a goal in a game for the first time all season.
The Wildcats can break their skid on Thursday at Viewmont. On Sept. 19, they host Bonneville.
The Vikings are bringing up the rear in Region 5 with a 2-8 record (3-9 overall). However, Viewmont did win its last outing by beating Bonneville 2-1 on Tuesday.
Brooklyn Jones and Kamree Day each scored for Viewmont, which had a goal in each half. Mazie Tullis leads the team in both goals and assists this season with three apiece. Jones and Annie Layton each have two goals.
The team can win its second game in a row when it hosts Woods Cross on Thursday. Then, the Wildcats entertain Bountiful on Sept. 19.