The anticipation of a tough match in Region 9 is usually a given. Dixie High’s boys soccer team hit the road Wednesday to face off against Cedar and got exactly the kind of game it expected.
“(Cedar’s) record says it all,” Dixie coach Burt Myers said. “They’ve played some good teams and they’ve played hard.”
The Reds proved to be a formidable opponent for the Flyers, taking a 1-0 lead and keeping Dixie off the board for the first 60 minutes of the match.
But a pair of well-placed shots allowed the Flyers to overcome the deficit and take a come-from-behind victory in a cold, blustery 2-1 overtime contest.
Mitch Wilkinson scored the game winner less than two minutes into the extra period, winning a one-on-one against Cedar keeper Court Einfeldt to improve Dixie’s record to 6-3 overall, 4-1 in Region 9 action.
“I saw Konner (Aitken) going down the wing,” said Wilkinson who had broken free from traffic and grabbed Aitken’s attention as he was making his way toward Cedar’s goal. “I saw he was going to cross it so I just made a run in, and then the sea just parted.”
Einfeldt made a jump for Wilkinson’s shot but couldn’t get there in time as the ball met nothing but net.
The shot ended the match and momentarily put Dixie in sole possession of first place in the region standings.
“Cedar has some great athletes and it was a heck of a job for us to come back,” Myers said. “When you can come back from a 1-0 deficit at Cedar, you’ve done your job.”
The teams fought hard to gain the upper hand early on, matching shot for shot before the Reds finally gained the edge on a penalty kick from Brock Shipp that put Cedar up 1-0 with two minutes left in the opening half.
The goal gave the Reds a bit of breathing room and some much-needed confidence that allowed them to hold the Flyers at bay.
Cedar was able to keep the ball in Dixie territory for the better part of the second half, getting off several shots but consistently missing the mark that would have provided some insurance.
Alex Green finally got the Flyers on the scoreboard when broke loose down the right side with 19:30 to play and took a shot that looked wide but bounced off the left side of the goal and found the net.
The teams continued the battle until the final whistle, neither able to break the tie and the match went into the extra frame.
The loss was the second in the last three games for Cedar which falls to 6-2-1 overall, 3-2 in Region 9.
HURRICANE 2, CANYON VIEW 0: Zack Wolsleger scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season against the Falcons in Wednesday night’s home victory.
Wolsleger’s first goal arrived at the 15-minute mark in the first half, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead at the break. He scored again in the second half — assisted by Corey Gubler both times — with about 25 minutes remaining in the game.
PINE VIEW 4, DESERT HILLS 0: The Panthers extended a 2-0 halftime lead to a 4-0 shutout, thanks to goals from Danny Arellano, Keith Collins (who scored two) and Michael Cardenas.
Justin Jones recorded the shutout, his second of the season.