GIRLS SOCCER: Goal-starved Davis finds elusive first region win; roundup

Tuesday , September 05, 2017 - 10:00 PM1 comment

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

KAYSVILLE — It’s been quite a while since the Davis High girls soccer team had goal scoring by committee, but that’s life in 2017 for the Darts.

Through the first six games of the 2017 season, Davis averaged 2.7 goals per game, a stark difference from the team’s 5.4 goal-per-game average over the course of 44 consecutive wins starting in the 2014 playoffs and ending with a victory in the 2016 championship game.

The team’s leading scorer this season is a converted defender.

The decline in production has clearly been significant. Davis entered Tuesday’s contest against Northridge with an 0-3 record in Region 1 play.

Davis coach Souli Phongsavath doesn’t expect a dominant goal scorer to emerge as the season continues, but now he knows his team can win. The Darts pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Knights.

“We’ve been in every game we’ve lost,” Phongsavath said. “We lost every game by one goal, and I felt like we had chances to win those, we just didn’t take it against good, quality teams. I’m glad it finally went our way today.”

Tuesday, the hero for Davis was senior forward Kassidy Webb. Webb tallied her first-ever goal in a varsity game midway through the second half to break a 1-1 tie.

Webb said her strength is her speed, and she needed it. After collecting a pass following a Northridge corner kick, she sprinted forward with possession. Shortly after crossing the midfield line, she threaded a pass to senior forward Maddie McLeod.

McLeod took the ball inside the 18, then slipped a pass back to Webb, who had continued running and was inside the 18.

Webb only needed to beat the keeper, and did. She said she wasn’t expecting to get the ball back because of McLeod’s strong finishing ability but that it was the “perfect little throughball.”

“I was just like, ‘Oh, shoot. You gotta get it girl,’” she said, pointing out she was still shaking from the adrenaline of the moment.

It’s surreal to think this was a make-or-break game for Davis, given its status as three-time defending state champions — but Phongsavath said it was. Syracuse and Layton both entered the day undefeated in region play and Northridge was 3-1, including a win at Fremont. The Silver Wolves are 2-2.

“This was either going to be, ‘We’re going to fight to make the playoffs, if at all, or this would give us the momentum that we need to get over the hump and then to start getting more wins under our belt,” Phongsavath said.

Webb said the halftime speech emphasized that point.

“Even at halftime, (Phongsavath) was like, ‘This is your 40 minutes to define your season. Gotta get after it,’” Webb said.

Davis rallied for the win after falling behind early. In the 15th minute, Northridge senior Kendell Petersen, a BYU commit, was fouled outside the 18, setting up a free kick opportunity for Maya Lewis, which Lewis turned into a goal.

Kate McMaster equalized for Davis about 20 minutes later. BYU commit Zoe Jacobs assisted on McMaster’s goal.


LAYTON — A Sarah Wynn score in the seventh minute gave Syracuse an early lead, but Layton scored three unanswered goals to capture the Region 1 tilt.

Karsyn Miller scored the first Lancer goal in the 18th minute, assisted by Brynlee Roberts and Abby Fotheringham. Kaitlyn Richins scored off an Ashley Arnes corner kick in the 35th minute to put Layton ahead for good. Corinne Case also found the bal of the net off an Arnes corner in the 38th minute.

The result gives Layton (6-2, 4-0 Region 1) sole possession of first place in region play and is the first loss of the season for Syracuse (8-1, 4-1).


BOUNTIFUL — Viewmont (6-2-2, 2-1 Region 5) scored two second-half goals to break a 1-1 halftime tie and claim a Region 5 victory over Bountiful (5-3, 1-1).

Sailor Uffens, Jaci Cook and Sydney Anderson each found the back of the net for Viewmont.

Alex Hoffman scored the lone goal for Bountiful.


WOODS CROSS — Box Elder (4-2-3, 1-1-1 Region 5) and Woods Cross (4-1-4, 1-0-1 Region 5) played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer Tuesday.

Woods Cross held Box Elder to zero shots on goal, Woods Cross coach Davis Newman said.


OGDEN — Ogden scored twice in the second half to complete a comeback in the Region 11 contest.

Kadrey Howell got Ogden on the board first with a goal in the seventh minute, assisted by Sarah Halverson.

Juan Diego scored in the 30th minute to send the game into halftime tied 1-1. Juan Diego (1-7, 1-3 Region 11) scored again in the 44th minute to take the lead.

Howell notched the equalizer in the 47th minute, and Lexie Colvin’s goal in the 70th minute from Elizabeth Pickett gave Ogden (6-2, 4-1) the lead back for good.


GARLAND — Logan (3-2-2, 1-0 Region 12) took a 2-0 halftime lead over Bear River (2-4, 0-1) on the way to the shutout Region 12 victory.


CLEARFIELD — Weber (3-3-2, 1-3) put in four first-half goals on the way their first region win at Clearfield (1-6-1, 0-4).

Brinlee Collings scored twice for the Warriors. Kellie Albrechtsen, Natalie Davis and Katy Olsen each scored once.

Camryn Karras and Trinity Kerr each tallied two assists.


SALT LAKE CITY — An own goal was the only thing that stood between Morgan and a shutout as they grabbed a Region 13 road win.

Morgan (4-5, 1-0 Region 13) was lead by Logan Duran’s two goals. Heather Moore and Rhylee Freeman each found the back of the net once. The Trojans’ other score came on a Judge Memorial (1-4-1, 0-1 Region 13) own goal.


PARK CITY — The Region 11 game between Bonneville (5-1-1, 3-0 Region 11) and Park City (3-2, 3-0) was postponed due to the fire in Uintah. A reschedule date will be determined later.



OGDEN — St. Joseph defeated Layton Christian in four sets Tuesday.

Paige Leland led St. Joseph with nine digs, seven kills and one ace. Virginia Tomon tallied eight kills and one block, while Shaylie Bonneau added seven digs and five kills.

Set scores were 25-13, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19.


DRAPER — Juan Diego swept Ogden by set scores of 25-14, 25-10, 25-10.

Makin Clarke hit .500 with five kills, one ace and one block for Ogden. Kamryn Geddes added six kills and a .300 hitting percentage, while Lainey Davis added 18 assists, six digs and two aces.


WOODS CROSS — Woods Cross beat Taylorsville in straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-11, 26-24.

Lauren Olsen hit .417 with eight kills for the Wildcats while Whitney McEwan hit .320 with 12 kills.

Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.

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