by Josh McFadden
What began in with the beginning of the regular season in early August and even soon with summer conditioning and workouts is about to culminate in some critical matchups for local girls soccer teams.
The state tournament is coming up, and some Davis County teams are fighting to qualify.
The Vikings have long secured a bid to the Class 5A state tournament. With a pair of shutout wins last week, the Vikings have now clinched the Region 5 title.
Heading into its last regular season game on Tuesday at Woods Cross (after our press deadline), the 8-1 Vikings will be the No. 1 seed from the region and will host a first-round game against a fourth-place opponent when the tournament gets underway Oct. 9.
Viewmont took care of Roy on Sept. 25 by the count of 1-0. Sydney Andersen scored the lone goal of the contest, and Lydia Pitt got the shutout. Two days later, the Vikings blanked Farmington 2-0, thanks to Pitt’s ninth shutout in the net this season, as well as goals from Kim Hendrickson and Kennahdy Johnson.
Viewmont lost in the state quarterfinals last season and last made it to the semifinals in 2013.
The Wildcats are making a late push for a state tournament berth after a rough start to the season. Woods Cross entered its regular season finale against Viewmont with a 3-6 record in Region 5, good enough for a tie for fourth place with Farmington. Depending on what happened against Viewmont, tiebreakers could determine whether the Wildcats continue to the postseason.
The Wildcats shut out Bountiful 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 25. Ava Egan scored the game-winning goal in the extra session to bolster the team’s hopes of reaching the state tournament. Ellie Berube got the shutout as goalie for Woods Cross in the team’s second such result of the season.
It would be quite a feat for the Phoenix to reach the state tournament in its first year of existence. Farmington is right in the mix for a playoff berth.
The 3-6 Phoenix could have qualified for the tournament with a win in its regular season finale on Tuesday at Bountiful and a Woods Cross loss to Viewmont. Results were unavailable at press time.
Farmington surprised Box Elder on Sept. 25, 3-1, with two goals coming in the first half. Up 2-1 at the break, Farmington added a third in the second half. Abigail Ferrell scored two of the goals, with Bentley Fuller getting the other.
The Braves needed to win their final regular season game at home against Farmington and hope for a Woods Cross loss before thinking about tie-breakers working in their favor to get to state.
Bountiful lost a pair of games last week: 1-0 shutouts to Woods Cross and Box Elder. The Braves have been shut out seven times this season, including three in a row heading into the regular season finale.
In Region 1, things are a little more in flux, mainly because it’s a bigger region, and some teams still had two games to play as the week got started.
The 5-3-2 Darts were in fourth place, holding onto the final playoff spot. Davis slipped by Syracuse on Sept. 25, -1 but fell by the same score to Northridge two days later. Grace Nicol and Zoe Jacobs scored in the victory, while Caroline Bitner found the back of the net in the loss.
Davis has a great opportunity to wrap up a spot at state this week. Following a Tuesday game at Weber (after our press deadline), the Darts play at Clearfield on Thursday to end the regular season. Both teams are below Davis in the region standings, and Clearfield hasn’t won a league game in 10 tries.