by Josh McFadden and Catherine Garrett
Time’s winding down for boys soccer teams to make their mark in region play. Viewmont and Woods Cross feel the urgency to pick up some victories. Davis suffered a rare loss and Bountiful is still searching for a victory
As this week began, Woods Cross had five games left in the regular season, and Viewmont had just four league games to play. The Wildcats were 1-2 in Region 5 at this point, while the Vikings were 1-2-1
It’s been an up-and-down season for the Wildcats, who, before Tuesday’s game at home against Bountiful, were 6-4-1 overall. Of course, Woods Cross is just one victory away from matching last season’s total.
On April 17, the Wildcats were shut out for just the second time this season in a 1-0 setback on the road at Box Elder. Box Elder’s goal came early in the first half, and Woods Cross played solid defense the rest of the way. The offense, on the other hand, couldn’t get on track, as the Wildcats couldn’t capitalize on its previous win over Viewmont.
Following its game against Bountiful, the Wildcats stay home to face Roy. Woods Cross lost its region opener to Roy 3-2, in the previous meeting.
The Vikings have some work to do if they hope to battle Woods Cross for the top spot in region standings. Viewmont did pick up a big victory over Roy last Friday. The 3-2 victory snapped a four-game winless streak (three losses and a tie), dating back to March 27 when the Vikings defeated Timpview 3-2 in the non-region finale.
Against Roy, the two teams scored all five of the game’s goals in the second half. Preston Pitt was the star. The senior scored a pair of goals to bring his season total to five. Sophomore Mason Astill scored Viewmont’s other goal, his first of the 2018 campaign. Viewmont’s first region victory of the season kept it within reach of the Region 5 contenders.
On April 17, two overtimes couldn’t decide a winner between Viewmont and Bountiful. The two crosstown rivals played to a 2-2 tie, with Pitt and junior Andres Bermudez tallying goals.
On Tuesday, the Vikings stepped out of league action to host former region opponent Hunter. Viewmont swept Hunter the last two years in Region 2.
Davis lost to Layton 1-0 Apr. 17 for just its second loss of the season. The Darts gave up a first half goal that proved to be the decisive goal.
Against Syracuse Apr. 19, Davis won a 1-0 matchup with Josh Harwood netting the eventual winning goal in the first half. Goalkeeper Zach Bingham recorded the shutout.
Davis is in second place in the Region 1 standings with a 5-2 mark and an overall 9-2 record on the season.
Bountiful continues to search for its first win of the year through 11 games.
Last week, Bountiful and Viewmont squared off Apr. 17 with Etienne Newton and Koleman Morton scoring in regulation for the Braves, matching the Vikings’ two scores. Neither team could find the net in two overtime periods so the game ended in a 2-2 draw.