BOUNTIFUL -- When the Bountiful and Woods Cross soccer teams face off this afternoon, more than just bragging rights will be on the line.
Both are at the top of the region standings, and the winner will most likely get the one seed, and a home game in the first round of the 4A state tournament.
Bountiful defeated Olympus over the weekend while East got the best of Woods Cross, so a Bountiful win would seal the deal.
Woods Cross won the first meeting earlier this year. But according to Bountiful coach Mike Parker, things certainly aren't the same.
"They've improved, and we've improved," he said.
"I can't predict what's going to happen."
It might be easier to pinpoint the reason for Bountiful's success, and the reason they're playing for a region title today.
The Braves have been phenomenal offensively, with Sam Berg and Doug McOmie doing most of the damage.
Not to mention Dave Carroll, who's the team's emotional and physical leader.
"He's an all-around player, and has a big, strong kick," Parker said.
And Bountiful certainly has a winning tradition to live up to. In Parker's eight seasons as head coach, the Braves have played for the state title five times, and won four. Their last state title came in 2002, However, Bountiful exited in the quarterfinals last season, upset by a scrappy Provo team.
"Sometimes you can completely dominate a game, and give up one goal and you're done," Parker said.
Bountiful is determined not to let that happen again this season. But first things first. A win against rival Woods Cross would be a huge first step.
"A lot of these guys were here when we took state in 2002," Parker said.
"But only time will tell. I think we have the talent to go deep into the playoffs."