by Josh McFadden
A trio of girls soccer teams took to the field earlier this week in the state tournament. Two of the teams are perennial participants, but the other team might surprise you.
Viewmont won Region 5 going away, posting a 9-1 record, three games ahead of 6-4 Roy and Box Elder. Davis placed third in Region 1 with a 6-4-2 mark.
The third team has never been to the state tournament. In fact, two months ago, it had never played a game.
The Farmington Phoenix, in their first year of existence, placed fourth in Region 5, edging out Woods Cross for the fourth and final playoff spot in the league. The Phoenix went 4-6 in region play and 7-8 during the regular season. Not bad for a squad that first got together in early August.
Farmington got off to a slow start in region action, losing four of its first five games. But the Phoenix responded by finishing the year with a 3-2 run down the stretch, including a playoff-clinching 2-1 win in double-overtime at Bountiful on Oct. 2. With the scored tied at 1-1 in the second extra session, Abigail Ferrell found the back of the net to secure the huge victory. McCall Mattson also scored for the Phoenix.
The Phoenix played at Maple Mountain on Tuesday (in a game played after our press deadline). Maple Mountain won Region 8 with an 8-2 record and an 11-3-0 mark overall.
Farmington enjoyed balanced scoring and a variety of contributors this season. A total of 11 players scored goals for Farmington, including Ferrell, who paced the team with four goals. Ellie Morris and Bentley Fuller each had three. Goalie Natalie Maire led a solid defense with five shutouts in the net.
In its region-winning season, Viewmont won its last seven games after starting 2-1 in league action. Five of those seven wins were by two goals, while the other two were one-point barn-burners. In fact, despite their glossy record, the Vikings played close games all season, never winning by more than two goals.
The team was excellent in the clutch and handled pressure well. The defense never allowed more than one goal in a region game and only surrendered three points in league contests all season.
The Vikings concluded region play with a 3-1 win over Woods Cross on Oct. 3. Viewmont was the No. 1 seed out of Region 5 and hosted Springville on Tuesday in its first-round playoff game.
The Darts had some ups and downs this season in what was a challenging Region 1. In the final week of the regular season, Davis went 2-2, losing to Weber 2-0 on Oct. 2 and defeating Clearfield 4-1 on Oct. 4.
The three-goal win over Clearfield clinched a state tournament spot. Things were a little scary at the half for Davis, as it found itself all tied up with the last-place Falcons. But the Darts found the net three times in the final 40 minutes. Annie Haycock, Grace Nicol, Taygan Sill and Zoe Jacobs scored for Davis.
Jacobs led Davis in scoring during the regular season. Her eight goals were one more than Haycock’s seven; Nicol, a sophomore, had six.
Davis traveled to Hunter on Tuesday for a first-round tournament showdown with Hunter, which shared the Region 2 crown with Hillcrest. Results for this game were unavailable at our press deadline.