by Josh McFadden and Catherine Garrett
Playing in a small region of just five teams, chances were good that the Viewmont boys soccer team would qualify for the Class 5A state tournament.
Now it’s all about getting a good seed for the postseason.
The Vikings won both their games last week, helping them secure a state tournament position once again. The Vikings began this week with a 3-3-1 record and still had a chance to vault to second place in Region 5 if they defeated Roy on Tuesday (after our press deadline). A runner-up finish would give Viewmont a first-round home game state when the tournament gets underway May 16.
As last week’s games began, Viewmont held a tenuous 1-3-1 record in region play and was in danger of missing the postseason for the first time this century. A pair of victories over fellow Davis County foes broke a two-game winless streak.
On May 1, the Vikings shut out Woods Cross 1-0. Goalie Roy Isaac and his defensive mates kept the Wildcats at bay and held an opponent scoreless for just the second time all year. Meanwhile, leading goal scorer Preston Pitt put the ball in the net for Viewmont in the second half to provide all the scoring his team needed to avenge an earlier loss to Woods Cross this season.
Last Friday, Viewmont overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Bountiful 3-1. Pitt scored again in this game—his eighth goal of the season—as Viewmont tied a season high in goals for a match.
The 2-5 Wildcats have a crucial week, even though they play just one game.
Woods Cross started this week in fourth place, ahead of 0-5-1 Bountiful. The two teams coincidentally play this Friday in a contest that could decide who secures the final state tournament berth.
Bountiful plays two games this week, so a victory in its first game this week on Tuesday (after our press deadline) would be a winner-take-all matchup on the Braves’ home field. Woods Cross won the earlier meeting this season 1-0.
Last week, Woods Cross could’ve secure a state tournament berth, but it dropped both games. Following its loss to Viewmont, the Wildcats fell to first-place Box Elder 3-1. Woods Cross was in a 2-0 hole at halftime and couldn’t climb ahead. Junior Ortiz scored for the Wildcats; it was his first goal of the season.
The Wildcats are looking for their second consecutive appearance at state. Woods Cross had failed to make it to the postseason for four straight seasons prior to last year.
Davis lost to Weber 3-0 on May 1. The Darts were down 1-0 at halftime before giving up two more goals in the second half.
Against Clearfield on May 3, Jeremy Sommer converted a hat trick for all of Davis’ scores in a 3-2 win over Clearfield. The Darts rebounded from a 1-0 deficit at halftime to score three goals in the second half.
Davis is now 11-4 on the season and 7-4 in Region 1.
Bountiful lost to Roy 4-2 on May 2. The Braves were down 2-1 at halftime and scored again in the second half, but it wasn’t enough against Roy’s two more goals.
Koleman Morton scored a goal and Mason Hoffman put in his first of the season.
Bountiful is still winless in Region 5 play with an 0-5-1 mark and an overall 0-11-3 season record.