ST. GEORGE – The beginning of the first half may have been a slow start, but the Snow Canyon Warriors found their rhythm with less than 20 minutes left until halftime.
And when they found it, they blasted away for three goals. Those goals were enough, as Snow Canyon defeated Delta, 3-0, Thursday.
“We started rough in this game,” senior midfielder Addie Smith said, “but with this move forward, and with the last two games, we have confidence to do well in region.”
Smith scored Snow Canyon’s second goal of the game — a volley off the crossbar that came right down to her. Senior defender Kyleigh Wittwer wound up and fired a laser toward goal, but it hit the crossbar and came straight down to Smith, who then easily knocked it in for a 2-0 lead for SC in the 37th minute.
“That’s my goal is to always clean up,” Smith said. “The defenders were out of position because they came up to defend the shot. That allowed me to be in the right spot to finish the goal.”
The first goal came in the 30th minute off the foot of senior midfielder Cami Bergen. Junior midfielder Jenny Stewart dribbled down the right-hand side and crossed it to the left at Bergen, who fired it to the right corner of the net for the first goal of the game.
SC’s third goal came just before the buzzer sounded for halftime. Delta lined up for a goal kick, but Stewart intercepted the pass in the attacking 1/3 of the field. Her shot hit the inner-most part of the post and bounced out, but referee signaled that the ball had crossed the line for a goal, giving Snow Canyon a 3-0 lead over Delta.
Both teams played the majority of the second half between the boxes with few scoring chances, but there were two close ones for SC.
Sophomore midfielder Megan Weston took a shot from about 12 yards out that hooked just a little to the left. And then Bergen blasted another high-powered shot that Delta’s goalkeeper deflected straight into the air and then caught for the save.
In the first half, Wittwer passed over to Bergen who slipped a shot through the middle that almost made its way into the back of the net. It went through the goalkeeper’s legs, but she wrapped herself around the ball before Bergen’s shot could score.
Snow Canyon opens region play at home Tuesday against Canyon View. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.
Flyers 2, Utes 1
The Dixie Flyers fell behind on the road against the Uintah Utes on Thursday, but two goals in the second half brought them back for the win.
Cassidy Gray led the Flyers with both second-half goals to overcome the Utes’ first-half goal.
“(The Utes) were playing offside scrap, so we talked about that with (Gray),” Dixie coach Burt Myers said. “She’s so coachable and learned, so she popped through the midfield and scored. She did a great job. I like coachable seniors.”
Myers said he was especially impressed with his defense.
“They’re starting to communicate better and figure each other out,” Myers said. “I’m impressed with how they’re progressing.”
He said he likes that the defensive players just go out and play. They don’t worry about mistakes, and if mistakes happen, then goalkeeper Jessica Ogilvie is right there to clear the ball away.
The Flyers had a few players injured for the Uintah game, so new players stepped in.
“We learned a lot,” Myers said. “It gave chances for other players to play. I got to see more young ladies today who can help us.”
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