BOUNTIFUL — Three of the four region crowns were handed out last week as the Darts, Vikings and Braves each claimed their respective region titles.
The Davis Lady Darts bounced back from a double overtime draw last Tuesday with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Layton Thursday, helping the team claim the Region 1 title and a No. 1 seed heading into the state 5A soccer tournament.
During the tough battle, Regyn Youngberg was the lone goal scorer for the Darts, getting a first-half goal in stoppage time for the 1-0 lead.
At the net, Sarah Beecher was as strong as she has been all season long. Despite multiple attempts in the second half to tie the game, Beecher picked up her fifth shutout of the season in order to help the Darts claim the title.
The Lady Vikings also claimed the Region 2 title with a win last Thursday, a 10-0 victory over the Kearns Cougars, which ended in the 50th minute due to the mercy rule.
Four Vikings saw the back of the net at least once in the game, led by Courtney Wallis’ four goals. Laura Essig scored three goals, Ashley Petersen scored two goals and Tana Fingley scored a single goal. The Vikings remained undefeated in Region 2 play with only Tuesday’s game remaining for the regular season.
Wallis’ four-goal effort brought her season total up to nine, and Essig’s three goals brought her season total up to 13, second on the team. Viewmont will be the No. 1 seed from Region 2 heading into the state 5A playoffs.
The Vikings have outscored their opposition 57-4 this season. At plus-63, Viewmont has the best goal differential in all of 5A and second best in the state.
Bountiful’s 5-1 win over Clearfield last Thursday sealed the Region 6 title for the Braves. Jenny Skedros, Kennedy Merrick and Elena Medeiros accounted for all five goals scored during the blowout win. Skedros led the way with a hat trick, and Merrick and Medeiros each added a single goal. Brinley Adams of Clearfield, which will likely enter the 4A soccer playoffs as the No. 3 seed, scored the Lady Falcons’ only goal in the second half of play.
With only Tuesday’s rivalry game against Woods Cross remaining, the Braves have outscored their opposition by a margin of 40-8. Its plus-32 goal differential is the best in Region 6.
Woods Cross’ 2-1 overtime loss to East last Thursday put the team in jeopardy of being a No. 3 seed from Region 6 heading into the 4A playoffs. Only Tuesday’s game remains on the schedule. A loss and a Clearfield win would flip the two teams in the final standings, leading to a tougher road to the finals for the Wildcats.
During Thursday’s action, East High’s Madison Roemer and Nell Stevens accounted for both of the Leopards’ goals. The first occurred in the first half and eventually forced the overtime period, where East was able to sneak another goal by to claim the win.
With the top three seeds including Bountiful, Woods Cross and Clearfield, East and Highland battled for the final playoff spot Tuesday afternoon. A win by either team will allow them to be the No. 4 seed in Region 6 in the 4A playoffs.
The final regular season games were played Tuesday afternoon.