Soccer action is back in full tilt for Clipper teams. Davis battled back from an 0-2 start to win its two games last week, while Bountiful won a game and lost one to bring their record to 2-2 as well on the young season. Woods Cross started region with a victory, and defending 5A champ Viewmont battled to a draw.
Looking to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2012, Woods Cross started off on the right foot in Region 5, picking up a 1-0 shutout victory in double overtime over Bonneville last Friday. Playing in front of a home crowd, the Wildcats’ defense kept the Lakers at bay. In a defensive battle, the Wildcats finally broke through in the second overtime for the game’s first and only goal.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak to open the 2017 season. The Wildcats were competitive, however, in all three losses, each against 5A opponents. Woods Cross had losses to defending 5A state champion Viewmont 2-0 on March 7, to Bingham 2-0 on March 10, and to Weber 2-1 on March 15, with the Wildcats’ goal coming from junior Jordan Rudolph.
The Wildcats played at East on Tuesday after our press deadline. Woods Cross next steps out of region play briefly for a Thursday game against Ridgeline.
In order to qualify for the 4A state tournament for the first time in five years, Woods Cross must finish in the top four Region 5 standings.
Building on last season’s state championship run, the Viewmont boys soccer team won all three of its non-region games this season. In doing so, the Vikings allowed just one goal and scored two in each victory. Viewmont defeated Woods Cross 2-0 on March 7, Bingham 2-1 on March 8, and Lone Peak 2-0 on March 14. Goalies Isaac Roy and Tyler Trump have each recorded shutouts in the early going.
In the Vikings’ region opener March 16, defense was the name of the game in a scoreless tie against Layton. It was the first time since May 10 of last year that the Vikings didn’t come away with a winning result, putting an end to their eight-game winning streak.
After four games this season, high-scoring senior Drake Cook has a pair of goals, netting both in the win over Bingham. Marshall Johnson and Preston Pitt also had goals during this span for Viewmont.
The Vikings looked to start a new winning streak Tuesday at Hunter. The game took place after our press deadline. Viewmont next hosts Syracuse on Thursday.
Davis had a 1-0 win against Granger March 16 following a 3-2 loss to American Fork two days earlier.
Against American Fork, both teams were scoreless at the half and while Joseph Oldham and Luke Merrill netted goals in the second half, the Darts came up just short.
Davis and Granger were tied 0-0 at halftime as well this week before Jeremy Sommer put in his second goal of the year for the winning margin.
“It was great to start off region play with a win,” head coach Soulyvanh Phongsavath said. “We didn’t do a great job finishing. We missed several great chances to score and put the game away early. However, I’m really proud of how we played defensively.”
The team is 2-2 early on in the year.
The Braves were defeated by Murray 2-0 March 14 and bounced back with a 7-0 win over Highland March 17.
Against Murray, Bountiful gave up a goal in each half and were unable to put the ball in the net.
“We did not possess the ball well in the first half, and spent the majority of the time defending,” said head coach Lou Plank. “In the second half, we possessed the ball much better and took the attack to Murray, creating several very good opportunities to score, but did not. With little time remaining, we gambled and pushed players forward to score an equalizing goal in hopes of forcing the game into overtime. Unfortunately, Murray scored with a counter attack against our weakened defense.”
In the win over Highland, the Braves were up 2-0 at the half and added five goals to close out the game.
Etienne Newton scored a hat trick while Micah Maynard put in his third goal of the season. Bridger Booth, Jace Jensen and Mason Hoffman also scored for Bountiful with Nate Sainsbury recording the team’s first shutout of the season.