by Josh McFadden Clipper sportswriter
With September here, the most important games are heating up for girls soccer teams.
Region 1’s Davis is well into league games, but Region 5’s Viewmont, Woods Cross, Farmington and Bountiful got things kicked off last week. The race for state qualification will require each team to finish in the top four of region standings.
As the lone 6A team in this group of five schools, the Darts are already playing catch-up. Davis began this week 1-2 and fifth place of the seven-team region.
Last week, Davis played just once, falling 2-1 to Syracuse. Zoe Jacobs scored for the Darts in the first half, helping her team to a 1-1 score at halftime. However, Syracuse broke through and scored in the second half to secure the win. It was the third time in six games that Davis failed to score more than a single goal.
This week, Davis played at Northridge on Tuesday (after our press deadline). The Darts host Weber on Thursday.
The first year for the Phoenix has been a pleasant surprise for the girls soccer team. The Phoenix were 4-3-2 as this week began, including a 1-1 mark in Region 5 action.
Last week was an up and down one for Farmington. Things got off to a good start, with the Phoenix handling Bountiful in a 2-0 shutout. In front of a friendly home crowed Farmington score a goal in each half and held its fifth opponent scoreless. Taya Corbridge and Ellie Morris scored for the Phoenix. It was the third goal of the season for the junior Morris and the sophomore Corbridge’s first goal.
Farmington attempted to break its .500 region record when it hosted Roy on Tuesday (after our press deadline). The Phoenix play at Box Elder on Thursday.
The 5-2 Vikings were 2-0 in Region 5 at the beginning of the week, thanks to a pair of shutout victories: 2-0 over Woods Cross and 1-0 over Box Elder.
Both goals in the Woods Cross game came in the first half, courtesy of Hannah Cosper and Sydney Andersen. It was Andersen’s fourth goal of the season.
Against Box Elder, the two teams played a defensive struggle for much of the games, but Brooke Wersland managed a second-half goal for the Vikings. Lydia Pitt played another strong game for Viewmont in the net.
Viewmont hosted Bountiful on Tuesday and takes to the road on Thursday at Roy.
Most of this season has been a struggle for the Wildcats. Woods Cross lost its first six games, scoring just two goals during that span (both against Mountain Crest in a 3-2 loss on Aug. 23).
Last Tuesday, the Wildcats opened region action with a 2-0 loss to Viewmont, but their fortunes began to turn two later when they faced Farmington. The Woods Cross offense exploded for five goals – two in the first half and three in second – and the defense shut out the Phoenix, leading to a dominant 5-0 victory.
Annie Jensen, Emma Bronson and Gracie Browning found the back of the net for the Wildcats, while Katie Longmore added two more.
The 1-6 Wildcats hosted Box Elder on Tuesday and travel to Bountiful on Thursday.
As this week got underway, the Braves were still looking for their first victory of the season. The team a pair of ties in non-region play but lost both of its league games last week.
Last Tuesday, the Braves fell to Farmington 2-0 and then lost to Roy 3-1 last Thursday. Meghan Gardner scored a first-half goal for Bountiful, but the Braves still haven’t topped the one-goal mark in a single game this season. They’ll get their chance this Thursday at home against Woods Cross.