Two games into the season and Dixie High’s boys soccer team already looks primed for another 3A championship run.
A pair of hat tricks — from sophomores Jonny Acosta and Alex Green — helped the Flyers dismantle visiting Beaver 8-0 Friday afternoon in a game that felt more scrimmage than vital.
“It’s good to start on a high note,” Green said. “If you start on a high note, then you might end on a high note.”
Dixie has already amassed an incredible 15 goals in just two games. Granted, those goals came against a pair of 2A teams — Diamond Ranch was the other — in the span of 24 hours.
Still, it’s hard to deny the team’s overall potential, especially amidst such a startling victory over a talented Beaver squad.
“Beaver’s a good team,” Flyer coach Burt Myers said. “I think they’ll continue to get better. They got better throughout the game. Most teams would give up down 5-0, but they kept at it. They worked their tails off.”
The game was won by Dixie in the first 15 minutes.
Acosta’s first goal came at the 29:11 mark off a fairly basic kick that bounced through keeper Devin Harris’ hands and into the net. Less than four minutes later, Acosta scored again from about 10 yards out.
“Our team motto is ‘yolo’, or ‘you only live once,'” Acosta said. “I try to play like that.”
Green hit his first goal midway through the first half to make it a 3-0 game, then McLane Keenan and Tyler Paxton notched a goal apiece to send Dixie into halftime leading 5-0.
The Flyers weren’t done just yet.
Acosta scored once more at the 21:24 mark and Green collected two more goals of his own, the latter ending the game prematurely with 19 minutes left on the clock, to complete the double hat trick.
“Yesterday they both had two scores,” Myers said. “It’s great to have that much talent at such a young age, but now I have to get them to play the whole game and not just in small bursts.”
The Flyers, who beat Juan Diego 1-0 for the 3A state championship crown last season, understand the rest of the season won’t be as easy.
In actuality, this year might prove more difficult than any other.
“I feel like we have a lot of pressure this season, because everyone is going to come at us a lot harder,” Acosta said. “Whatever happens, happens.”
Myers made sure not to make too big a deal out of the two early wins since Dixie’s schedule promises more difficulty in the weeks ahead.
“Maple Mountain and Alta are two tough schools and then we’ve got Desert Hills (on March 12). We need to stay focused,” he said.
The Flyers will next face Maple Mountain on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on their home field.