by Josh McFadden
With phase two in the books, the Viewmont and Woods Cross boys soccer teams were ready to move into the most important part of the season: the state tournament.
Both the Vikings and Wildcats qualified for the Class 5A playoffs, thanks to some late-season success. Four of the five teams in Region 5 reached the postseason, and neither Viewmont nor Woods Cross wanted to get left behind.
The Vikings finished the regular season with a 3-3-2 record in region play, good enough for third place behind Box Elder and Roy. The Vikings entered the state tournament with a 6-5 record overall.
Viewmont headed to state on a nice roll, having last tasted defeated on April 27. The Vikings lost just once in their last seven games—winning three and tying three contests (including one against non-region foe Hunter).
On May 8, Viewmont played its final regular season game at home against Roy, a team it defeated 3-2 in April 20. This game was a thriller, with the two teams playing to a 2-2 tie in double overtime. Neither squad could find the back of the net in the extra sessions, as both defenses clamped down after regulation.
The Vikings got off to a fast start, getting goals from Kymble Johnson and Tanner Pace to take a 2-0 halftime lead. Roy responded with two goals of its own to knot things up and send the game into overtime.
The Vikings played at West in the first round of the state tournament on Wednesday. Results were unavailable at press time. The winner of that game advanced to the quarterfinals to take on the winner of Provo and Corner Canyon on Friday.
The Wildcats cut it close in their quest for a state tournament berth. It took a regular season-ending win over Bountiful to get the team into the postseason.
Last Friday, Woods Cross routed the Braves 4-1 to secure the final playoff spot in Region 5. The 3-5 Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak in the process.
The Wildcats left little doubt it would prolong its season. Woods Cross racked up all four of its goals in the first half and kept Bountiful scoreless in the second half. Junior Ortiz scored twice for Woods Cross, and teammates Jackson Ensign and Andy Hills each contributed goals.
Don’t let Woods Cross’ record deceive you, however. Four of the team’s five league losses were by a single goal. The other loss was a 3-1 decision to region champion Box Elder.
As a reward for its victory over Bountiful in the regular season finale, Woods Cross drew Region 6 champion Skyline. The winner of this state tournament game would meet the winner of Skyridge and Timpview on Friday. Woods Cross would be the road team in either case.
The Darts lost to Layton 2-1 on May 10. The teams were tied at 1-all at the half, but the Darts gave up the deciding second-half goal in the loss.
Davis finished the regular season with a 7-5 Region 1 mark, taking the third spot, and an 11-5 overall record. The Darts faced Westlake on Tuesday in the first round of the 6A state tournament.
Bountiful picked a nice time to pick up its first region win with a 2-1 victory at Region 5-leading Box Elder’ home field May 8 in giving the Bees its first region loss of the season.
The Braves had a 1-0 lead at halftime and scored another goal in the second half for the final score.
Brady Robinson and Mason Hoffman both scored their second goals of the year to lead the Braves offensively.
Bountiful had a 1-6 region standing and a 1-12-3 overall record.