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Farmington boys soccer reaches state title match; Davis falls in quarterfinals

May 23, 2024 10:07AM ● By Josh McFadden
Davis player Kyle Livermore takes the ball down the field. Photo courtesy of Dillon Richens

Davis player Kyle Livermore takes the ball down the field. Photo courtesy of Dillon Richens

The Farmington boys soccer team has a chance to win its first-ever state championship in the school’s young history. 

The Phoenix. Class 6A’s top seed, will vie for the title on Thursday when they face the second seed in the tournament, American Fork. Getting to the championship wasn’t easy for Farmington. 

The 16-1 Phoenix had a tough matchup on Tuesday with Pleasant Grove, the fourth seed. Ben Wright scored for Farmington in the first half, but Pleasant Grove matched that goal with one of its own to deadlock the score at halftime. Neither team scored in the second half, so the contest went to two overtime periods. There was no scoring in overtime either, meaning penalty kicks would decide which team would advance to the 6A championship. 

Thanks to stellar play in the net from goalkeeper Jaxon Beynon and some precision shooting, Farmington prevailed. 

The Phoenix made four shots in the shootout to two for Pleasant Grove. Beynon, who had seven shutouts on the season coming into the game, had some key saves in the shootout. Farmington kept its season going in its bid to capture the top prize in 6A. 

The close call followed a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals on May 16 over Skyridge. Playing at home, Farmington got two goals in the first half – one each from Cole Janke and Chase Ashby. Jack Burrup got an assist, while Beynon provided the shutout. 

Heading into the championship game, Farmington has allowed just 11 goals in 17 contests all year, never giving up more than two goals in a single game. Meanwhile, the Phoenix have scored 37 goals on the year, with 11 players contributing on the scoreboard. Josh Foster paces the team with nine goals, and Jackson Cheney is next with five. Wright and Toby Grant have four apiece. Burrup and Janke have been the top players on the team in the assists category with five each. 

Farmington will have some big shoes to fill next season with the loss of several key players off this unit. Grant, Foster, Janke, Ashby and Wright are all seniors. However, Beynon and Burrup are just a sophomores, while Cheney is a junior. 


After picking up a shootout win in round two over region foe Fremont, Davis bowed out of the Class 6A state tournament in the quarterfinals May 16. 

The Darts finished their season with a 6-9 record with a 2-1 defeat at Pleasant Grove in a close game that typified Davis’ season. The game was knotted at 1-1 at halftime, but Davis couldn’t match Pleasant Grove’s second-half goal. It was Davis’ sixth loss this season that either came by a single goal or in a shootout. The Darts also had three two-goal losses, as the team was competitive all year in its matches. In fact, despite having a losing record, Davis outscored its opponents by a cumulative score of 25-23.

Davis does return a lot of players next season, with 31 players in the program listed as freshmen, sophomores or juniors this season. The Darts will look to return to the top of Region 1 in 2025.