by Josh McFadden
The fall sports season is a busy time of year – so busy, in fact, that it gets underway while summer’s heat still beats down. Girls soccer is the first sport to start, as Davis County squads already had two games under their belts after the second week of August.
All eyes were on the brand-new Farmington High School, which played its inaugural sporting event Aug. 10 at Orem. The Phoenix got off to a memorable start in which they hope is the first of many more victories to come. Farmington scored a pair of goals in the second half to stun the host Tigers, 2-0.
Ellie Morris and Kayci Cheshire each scored after halftime, and the Phoenix defense kept Orem off the board. It was a noteworthy performance from Farmington, considering the Tigers advanced to the state tournament last season and were shut out just three times all year.
Farmington stayed at Orem High School the following day as part of the Orem Tournament where it took on Desert Hills. The Thunder also advanced to the state tournament a year ago, but Farmington wasn’t intimidated. The Phoenix came out with energy early, jumping out to a 1-0 halftime advantage, thanks to a goal from Abby Ferrel. However, Desert Hills found the back of the net twice in the second half to squeeze out a 2-1 victory.
At 1-2 on the season, Farmington hosted Bonneville in its first-ever home game on Aug. 11, losing a 2-1 decision. On Aug. 16, the Phoenix have another home match. This time they’ll entertain Region 7’s Alta.
Farmington will participate in Class 5A’s Region 5 this season against Box Elder, Roy, Viewmont, Bountiful and Woods Cross. The first region game is Aug. 28 at home against Bountiful.
Davis has built a powerhouse program, so expectations are always high. After winning three state titles from 2014 to 2016 (including undefeated seasons during the last two of those title years), the Darts fell early in the state tournament last season, losing in the quarterfinals.
They got off to a good start this season.
Davis opened the 2018 campaign with a pair of victories: 1-0 over Logan on Aug. 7 and 2-1 over Roy on Aug. 9.
Playing on the road in game one, Davis scored the game’s lone goal in the opening half when Olivia Romney got a shot past the Logan goalie. Davis’ goalkeeper, Taygan Sill, provided the shutout in the net for the Darts who held six opponents scoreless last season.
Two days later, Davis found itself in another one-point victory. This time, all three games came in the first half, including a penalty kick by the Darts’ Zoe Jacobs. Grace Nicol contributed the other goal. Meanwhile, Davis played strong defense in the second half to keep Roy off the board to preserve the win.
Davis hosts Davis County foe Woods Cross on Friday. The Darts open the Region 1 slate on Aug. 21 at home against Layton.