by Josh McFadden and Catherine Garrett
With precious time remaining in the regular season, the Woods Cross and Viewmont boys soccer teams need to make every game count. Though all but one team from Region 5 will qualify for the Class 5A state tournament, the Wildcats and Vikings are not yet out of danger of missing the postseason.
With a key victory over Bountiful last week, the Wildcats stayed two games out of last place and even remain in contention for a first-round bye at state.
Woods Cross blanked its cross-town rival from Bountiful on April 24 by the count of 1-0. In the defensive struggle, the Wildcats’ Tanner Bradshaw found the back of the net in the second half for the game’s lone goal. It was Bradshaw’s second goal of the year, and it gave Woods Cross its second region win of the season. Bountiful fell to 0-9-3.
Three days later, the Wildcats had a chance to grab second place when they hosted Roy. Both team entered the match with a 2-2 league record, but it was Roy that prevailed in a double-overtime thriller 2-1. It was Roy’s second overtime victory over Woods Cross this season.
The Wildcats began this week in third place, a game behind Roy and a game and a half ahead of fourth-place Viewmont. The two foes met in a critical game on Tuesday (after our press deadline). Viewmont
As this week’s slate of games began, Viewmont was in fourth place in Region 5, occupying the final playoff spot in the region with a 1-3-1 record.
The Vikings played valiantly against Box Elder last Friday, holding the top team in the league to a single goal. Unfortunately, the Vikings couldn’t get much going on offense and fell to the Bees 1-0. Though the Vikings have had their struggles in region play, they have played well against Box Elder. They lost the previous meeting to the Bees 2-1 on March 30.
The Vikings have been perennial state tournament participants, but if they hope to return to the postseason, they’ll need to take advantage of a couple vital games. After the clash with Woods Cross, the Vikings play at last-place Bountiful on Friday. A Braves’ win would all but guarantee another berth at state.
Davis lost to Northridge 2-1 on April 24. The Darts found themselves down 2-0 at the half and only managed one second-half goal by Luke Merrill in the loss.
Against Fremont on April 26, Davis rebounded with a 4-0 win. The Darts were up 1-0 at half and put three goals in the net in the second half. Goalkeeper Noah Larkin recorded his third shutout of the season.
Davis has a 10-3 overall record with a 6-3 Region 1 showing.