by Josh McFadden
There’s a lot of intrigue with local girls soccer teams this season. A brand-new team makes its debut, and a perennial powerhouse aims to return to the top of the standings.
The Darts were the undisputed top girls soccer program in the state from 2014 through 2016 when they won three consecutive Class 5A state titles. This includes a pair of 20-0 seasons in 2015 and 2016 and a 45-game winning streak dating back to the start of the 2014 state playoff through the first game of last season.
The Darts dropped to fourth in Region 1 last season and lost in the state quarterfinals. Davis got off to a 2-0 start this season and has plenty of firepower to make another run at a championship.
Zoe Jacobs led the team with five goals last season. She’s back this year and will team up with Grace Nicol, Olivia Romney and others to lead the offensive attack. Goalie Taygan Sill takes over in the net.
Davis hosted Layton on Tuesday (after our press deadline) and returns to action Thursday at Fremont.
Farmington begins its inaugural season in Region 5, and the Phoenix kicked off their season in more than respectable fashion.
The brand-new school began last week with a 1-2 record and picked up a pair of ties. Farmington’s offense struggled, but the defense was stingy, as the Phoenix played both Bonneville and Alta to 0-0 games in double-overtime stalemates.
Goalie Natalie Maire has already made her presence known. The sophomore allowed just four goals in her first five games in the net. Look for Ellie Morris, Abby Ferrel and Kayci Cheshire to lead the offense.
The Phoenix played at Riverton on Tuesday and return home to face Timpview on Thursday.
The Vikings lost to Corner Canyon 4-0. It was a rough outing for the Vikings, who gave up all four goals in the first half. They came back to beat Layton 1-0 are are now 2-2 on the season.
Viewmont has some rebuilding to do this season, as it said goodbye to departed senior Sailor Uffens, who had 17 goals last season. Sydnee Anderson and Shealee Heywood are among those who will lead the offensive attack. Lydia Pitt will protect the goal for the Vikings.
The Vikings play at Springville this Thursday.
Four games into the season, the Braves were still looking for their first victory.
Last week, Bountiful lost to Bingham 2-0 and had a 1-1 tie with Mountain Crest to bring the team’s record to 0-2-2.
Olivia Connell had the team’s only goal through four games. She’s a key cog in the Braves’ offensive attack and will look to provide much of the scoring that departed seniors Whitney Turner and Summer Ashby took care of last year.
The Braves played at East on Tuesday and travel to Bonneville on Thursday.
The Wildcats hope to avoid a huge letdown from last season’s Region 5-winning team. Unfortunately for Woods Cross, the 2018 season has been a struggle.
Woods Cross dropped a 3-0 decision to Weber last week, dropping the team to 0-3 on the year. At that point, the Wildcats had yet to find the back of the net.
After a home game with Olympus on Tuesday, the Wildcats host Mountain Crest on Thursday.