ST. GEORGE — After a three-win season in 2012, Snow Canyon is a year older but still has only three seniors.
The Panthers are off to a shaky start and looked to Friday night’s matchup with the Warriors as a chance to grab their first win of the season.
Both keepers went through most of the first half knocking down routine saves.
But in the 30th minute, Snow Canyon manufactured the game’s only goal to beat Pine View 1-0.
“It was an ugly win. We didn’t play the game we wanted to play, but we got a victory,” said Snow Canyon head coach Isaac Klingonsmith.
Neither team really out possessed the other in the first half. And neither team really tested the opposing keeper.
Until Jonathan Nielsen took a crack from outside the 18 yard line.
“It wasn’t a tough shot, so I was just going to go crash,” said senior Stephen Kleiner, who put a touch on it and put his team ahead. “It came right out to me; I’m just happy I got a touch on it.”
Following the goal, Pine View kept the ball pinned in Snow Canyon’s third but came away with nothing.
With 10 seconds left in the half, the Warriors put together a fast break and nearly doubled their lead when Chase Jenkins had a chance for another rebound goal, but was just a step too far off the ball.
The Panthers came out refreshed at the half and even had a four-minute stretch where they put together 10 consecutive passes and three shots on target, but again fell short of finding the net.
“It was exciting; our defense did a good job,” said goalkeeper Tyson Brough. “We had a couple of loose balls in the 18, but we held. For the most part, a great game, first shutout of the season.”
The Warriors defense and goalkeeper Brough held off the Panthers for the rest of the game.
“We had a couple tough (preseason) losses; it helped us build up our resiliency after getting scored on, and it made our defense better because of it,” Brough said.
Snow Canyon finally got around to playing its style at the end of the game. The Warriors kept the ball going long and clearing it out to their wings on the touchlines. Though there were a few scares in the final minutes.
“We gave them the ball back to them two or three times, which could have been disastrous, but it wasn’t,” said Klingonsmith. “We finished the game, you know. We got our goal, and we finished the game and didn’t let them back in.”
CEDAR 2, CANYON VIEW 1: Brock Shipp and Brett Sillitoe each scored to lead the Reds past their rival on Friday. Brady Christensen netted the lone goal for Canyon View.
DIXIE 3, HURRICANE 0: Dixie’s Alex Green netted two goals and Konner Aitken chipped in another as the Flyers blew past Hurricane in region play. Tyler Vickery had out two assists, while Tristan Cowles earned the shutout for Dixie.
NORTH SANPETE 3, BEAVER 2: No details reported.