BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL – The Bountiful High School girls’ soccer team struggled out of the gate in its first two games.
After playing Park City to a draw and dropping to Davis 5-0, the Lady Braves played aggressive Tuesday afternoon against Kearns to open Region 6 play. Bountiful’s aggression turned into three first half goals, and the Lady Braves added two more goals in the second half in a 5-0 shutout victory.
“I think we did some good things today,” said Bountiful coach Lou Plank. “We still need to work on finishing our opportunities, but this was a good step.”
Bountiful’s three first half goals was scored by Sydney Ripplinger, Cierra Martin and Lauren Hess. Ripplinger’s goal was in quick-strike fashion, kicking in her first goal of the season in the third minute. Martin’s goal was her first at the time, and Hess’s goal was her first.
“We were aggressive and played a lot of the game on their side of the field,” said Plank. “We definitely kept their goalkeeper busy. I think we could have scored a couple more goals.”
Martin scored her second goal of the game in the 44th minute, and Miranda Tesch knocked in Bountiful’s last goal in the 74th minute.
The scored could have been 6-0, but a late whistle negated a Sophia Skedros goal in the 68th minute.
“This was a good confidence booster,” said Plank. “But this was also a good test piece for us. It allowed us to identify some of our problems, especially in our attacking phase of the game.”
Charity Cole earned her first shutout at the net.
Bountiful is now 1-1-1 on the season and will play Highland Thursday at home.