Sometimes in high school sports, the region portion of the schedule can offer a fresh start. The Woods Cross boys soccer team has gotten off on the right foot in Region 5 play.
The Wildcats faced a difficult non-region schedule of Class 5A powers Viewmont, Bingham and Weber. Woods Cross more than held its own against the three foes but was unable to pull out a victory in any of the games. Each contest was decided by two goals or fewer.
But the battle-hardened Wildcats were undefeated after their first two league games.
The Wildcats’ March 21 game at East was a thriller, with Woods Cross moving to 2-0 in Region 5 with a 3-2 win. Facing a 1-0 deficit at halftime, the Wildcats scored all three of their goals in the second half to come away with the victory. Junior Luke Madsen scored two of the goals, while sophomore Colby Sugden added the other.
Following a game on Tuesday against Box Elder (after our press deadline), Woods Cross will head to Ogden on Tuesday. After their first two league games, the Wildcats were already halfway to last season’s region win total of four.
The Vikings’ season has gone almost opposite to the Wildcats.
Viewmont went 3-0 during non-region play, beating Woods Cross, Bingham and Lone Peak 2-0, 2-1, 2-0, respectively. Following a scoreless tie against Layton in the region opener, the Vikings went 1-1 last week to bring its region record to 1-1-1.
On March 21, Viewmont blanked Hunter 1-0 on the road. Senior Elijah Moon put a shot into the back of the net in the second half to account for the game’s only goal. Senior goal keeper Tyler Trump helped the Vikings secure their fourth shutout of the season.
Two days later, the Vikings suffered their first loss of the season at home against Syracuse by the score of 3-2. Preston Pitt and Tanner Pace registered goals for the Vikings. But Viewmont couldn’t stop Syracuse star Matt Clark, who scored all three of his team’s goals, including a pair in the decisive second half.
The loss to Syracuse was significant because it was the first time in program history that the Vikings had suffered a defeat at the hands of the Titans. Syracuse opened in 2007.
The Vikings looked to bounce back at home against Davis on Tuesday (after our press deadline). The team will next travel to West on Friday. Viewmont split its two meetings with the Panthers last season; both games were decided by one goal.
Davis lost 3-2 to Layton Mar. 21 for its first region loss on the year.
The Darts and Lancers were tied 1-all at halftime before Layton scored two goals to Davis’ one in the second half for the winning margin.
Davis has a 1-1 record in Region 2. The Darts who West this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Bountiful lost 6-1 to Ogden Mar. 24.
The Braves scored its lone goal in the first half and couldn’t stop Ogden’s offense from finding the net in the loss.
Bountiful has a 1-1 record through the first two weeks of region play. Bountiful hosts East on Tuesday after our press deadline, then travels to Bonneville for a Friday game at 3:30 p.m.