Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL – It was a game to be expected for both Bountiful High School and Woods Cross High School, as both girls’ soccer teams hit the field against each other for the first time at Millcreek Junior High School.
Behind a pair of first half goals by Bountiful’s Abby Clark and Christina Plank, the Lady Braves were able to hold on to a 2-1 win over their rival.
“Coming out strong in the first half and going right at the goal was good to see,” said Bountiful coach Lou Plank. “Having the pressure of going up against probably the toughest team in Region 6 and proving that they can win this kind of a game was big for our team.”
Bountiful’s aggressive first half attack proved to be affective, scoring both its goals in the first 15 minutes of the match. In the eighth minute, Abby Clark knocked in her first goal of the season to give the Braves the lead. Christina Plank extended the lead to two goals in the 14th minute, getting out in the open and firing a shot just out of the reach of Aubree Peterson for the 2-0 lead.
The two goal lead held up until Woods Cross scored a quick goal to open the second half. Eden Jacobsen scored the Wildcats’ only goal in the 42nd minute to open the second half, slipping right through a trio of Bountiful defenders for her eighth goal of the season.
“(Jacobsen) looked like she slalomed three of our defenders, ripped it across and scored the goal,” said Plank of Jacobsen’s effort. “Our players were still out there having that deer-in-the-headlights look trying to figure out what was going on, but that was a great goal.”
The Lady Braves’ defense held up for the remainder of the second half to claim the win, though not without Woods Cross getting its fair share of chances.
The win for Bountiful was its sixth in seven region games, taking a tough 1-0 loss to Clearfield Tuesday afternoon. The loss, said Plank, proved to be an effective tool heading into the rivalry game.
“I thought we were going to, at the very least, walk out of (Clearfield) with a tie, and then they scored the winning goal with almost no time on the clock,” said Plank of Tuesday’s game. “Our captains told our team afterward that the loss would not be in vain, and the team performed very well to get this win.”
The loss for Woods Cross was its third in the last four games. The Wildcats will face Kearns at home Tuesday afternoon, and the Braves will travel to Highland to face the Rams the same day.
Both games kick off at 3:30 p.m.