by Josh McFadden
After a lengthy non-league schedule, Region 5 boys soccer teams have finally gotten to the more important part of the season: region play.
Both Woods Cross and Viewmont played a pair of league games last week, beginning a four-week journey that both teams hope will result in a state tournament berth.
Region action started off intensely for both teams, as Woods Cross and Viewmont faced one another last Friday in an anticipated showdown on the Vikings’ home field. Woods Cross emerged with a 3-1 win, bringing its Region 5 record to 1-1 and its overall mark to 6-3-1. Viewmont had beaten Woods Cross six straight seasons, outscoring the Wildcats 22-2 during that span.
Things were much different this time around in Woods Cross’ first win over Viewmont since 2009.
Woods Cross left little debt it would erase the losing streak to their nearby rivals. The Wildcats scored all three of their goals in the first half in a 3-1 victory. Davis Creer, Jackson Ensign and Kasen Parkin each scored for Woods Cross, which stopped a two-game losing skid this season.
The Wildcats got back on track against the Vikings after opening region play with a 3-2 overtime loss at Roy three days earlier. Julian Duenas and Tanner Bradshaw scored for Woods Cross, but the defense struggled to contain Roy’s offensive attack. The Wildcats looked to build on their big won over Viewmont when it played at Box Elder on Tuesday (after our press deadline). On Friday, Woods Cross hosts another Davis County foe, Bountiful.
After starting off the season with a 3-1-1 record, Viewmont began this week on a three-game losing streak. The Vikings dropped their first two Region 5 games.
On April 10, Viewmont lost its region opener to Box Elder by the count of 2-1 in overtime. James Ackley opened the scoring for the Vikings in the first half, but the team couldn’t find the back of the net the rest of the way. Box Elder tied the score in the second half and got the winning goal in the overtime period.
In the loss to Woods Cross, Gabe Johnson scored his first goal of the season, but it was all Viewmont could muster in the contest. Not only was it the third consecutive loss for the Vikings, but they haven’t been able to score more than one goal during that span. In fact, Viewmont has found it difficult to get the ball into their opponents’ goal. The Vikings has been held to one goal five times, though no one shut out the squad yet.
The Vikings had a 3-4-1 record heading into this week. The team hosted Bountiful on Tuesday (after our press deadline) and play at Roy on Tuesday.
Davis won its eighth game of the year with a 5-0 victory over Clearfield. Luke Merill scored two goals to lead Davis offensively. The Darts are 8-1.
Bountiful is still looking for its first win of the year — through nine games. The Braves were tied 1-all at the half against Roy Apr. 13, but gave up three second-half goals in a 4-3 loss. Etienne Newton, the team’s leading scorer with five goals on the year, scored two goals for Bountiful while Brady Robinson netted his first goal of the season. Bountiful is 0-7-2 on the season.