by Josh McFadden
As crazy as it sounds, the girls soccer season is winding down.
That means local teams are fighting for spots in the state tournament. For some schools, this week’s games could determine their fate.
The Darts are not only perennial state tournament participants but state powers. Davis isn’t going to win Region 1 this season, but the Darts have a good shot at securing one of the league’s four postseason berths.
As this week began, Davis held a 4-2-2 league mark (7-2-2 overall) and found itself in third place in the seven-team region. Davis was a game and a half behind second-place Layton and half a game ahead of fourth-place Weber.
The Darts picked up a 1-1 tie on Sept. 18 at Fremont. The game went into two overtimes, but neither team could find the back of the net in the extra sessions. Caroline Bitner scored Davis’ goal. It was the freshman’s second goal of the season.
The Darts played at Syracuse on Tuesday (after our press deadline). Entering the game, Syracuse was a perfect 9-0 in Region 1 and 13-0 overall. It has only given up six goals all season. On Thursday, Davis faces Northridge at home.
The Vikings have been at the top of Region 5 most of the season, though as this week began, they were just a game ahead of second-place Roy.
Viewmont had an enormously important game at home against Roy on Tuesday (after our press deadline). The Vikings were riding a four-game winning streak, and another victory would put more distance between the two schools.
Last week, Viewmont beat Box Elder 2-1 and Bountiful 2-0 to move to 6-1 in Region 5 and 9-3 overall. Sydney Anderson scored in the first half against Box Elder, and Brooke Wersland scored the game winner in overtime. Jessy Allen and Olivia Smith tallied goals against Bountiful, while Lydia Pitt picked up the shutout.
Aside from its 2-0 loss to Davis on Sept. 20, the Braves also dropped a 4-1 decision to Roy on Sept. 18. With the two defeats, the Braves entered the week with a 2-5 record and a three-way tie for fourth place in Region 5.
The Braves’ lone goal last week came from Jamelle Latu, her first of the season.
The Phoenix are looking to move on to the postseason in their first-ever season. They began the week tied with Bountiful and Woods Cross in league standings at 2-5.
On Sept. 18, Farmington broke a four-game losing streak by upending Woods Cross 1-0. Natalie Maire picked up the shutout as goalie, and sophomore Abigail Ferrell scored her first goal of the season. The win avenged a 5-0 loss to the Wildcats earlier this season.
On Sept. 20, the Phoenix lost to Roy 2-1, despite a goal from Sam Kearns. Farmington plays at Viewmont on Thursday.
The defending Region 5 champions have some work to do just to reach the 5A state tournament this season. The 2-5 Wildcats lost to Box Elder on Sept. 20, suffering their eighth shutout loss of the season.
The Wildcats still have an opportunity to qualify for state. As this week kicked off, they had three games remaining, including on Tuesday (after our press deadline) at home against Bountiful and one this Thursday at Roy. The Wildcats defeated Roy 3-2 in an earlier meeting.