by Josh McFadden
With a victory last week, the Viewmont girls soccer team maintained its lead in Region 5—but not by much.
The Vikings won a pair of key games, both by the score of 2-0, to push their region record to 4-1 and 7-3 overall. As this week began, Roy and Box Elder were just a game back at 3-2. There’s still plenty of work to do, but the Vikings are in a good position to contend for their first region title since 2012 when they were in Region 3.
On Sept. 11, Viewmont squared off with Farmington in the teams’ first-ever meeting. Several players contributed to the 2-0 triumph including goalie Lydia Pitt, who was again outstanding in the net. The sophomore registered her fifth shutout of the season and the eighth of her young career. Meanwhile, Brooke Wersland had both of Viewmont’s goals, scoring one in each half. Her two goals brought her season total to four, one less than Sydney Andersen, who entered this week as the team leader in that category. Four other players have scored for the Vikings.
As for the Phoenix, they’ve hit a bit of lull, losing four straight heading into this week. Farmington picked up a win in the region opener but have struggled since.
The Phoenix’s game against Viewmont was its only contest last week. The team hosted Woods Cross on Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press time. On Thursday, Farmington will look to regain its winning ways when it plays at home, a team it narrowly lost to 2-1 when they met up on Sept. 4.
Ellie Morris led the team in scoring as of the beginning of the week. Her three goals were one more than Bentley Fuller. In all, nine players had gotten on the scoreboard for Farmington.
Don’t look now, but Davis is making a run for the top of Region 1. At 4-2-1, the Darts still trail first-place Syracuse (7-0 in league play) and second-place Layton (4-1-2), but they’re hanging around.
The Darts avoided defeat in both of last week’s games, though one was a scoreless tie against Layton. The Darts also blanked Clearfield 4-0 on Sept. 11 in what was their fifth shutout of the season and the third in a row.
Against Clearfield, Davis scored two goals in each half, and Taygan Sill and Taygan Kelly combined for the shutout in the net. Olivia Romney paced the offense with a pair of goals. Caroline Bitner and Annie Haycock also scored for the Darts, who were 7-2-1 as this week got underway.
Davis will play at Fremont on Sept. 18. In the first meeting of the regular season, Davis prevailed 3-2.