After falling to Pine View in the 3A semifinal game last year, the Snow Canyon boys soccer team got sweet revenge Tuesday night in front of the home crowd.
Thanks to its smothering defense — one that would even make Lionel Messi look human — the Warriors shut out the Panthers (3-4, 0-1 Region 9), 4-0, to take the first game of the Region 9 season.
“It was a great result against a team that knocked us out last year. Grades were up, everyone played and nobody got hurt,” Snow Canyon head coach Marc Wittwer told his team after the game. “I couldn’t have asked for a better performance.”
While last year’s loss still stings, players and coaches could breathe a little easier after a great performance Tuesday night.
“It feels great to beat them,” senior midfielder Angel Muniz said. “To score four goals on them and to shut them out tonight was special. Everyone played great.”
The Panthers were seeing double with the Warriors (4-3-1, 1-0 Region 9) scoring two goals in the first half and then added two more in the second half en route to the blowout victory.
SC’s Kevin Chillin got the Warriors on the board with a goal in the 6th minute. Kaden Wittwer provided the assist and Chillin did the rest with a blast into the back of the net.
After several unlucky chances, SC was able to push its lead to 2-0 thanks to a successful penalty kick from Yetzel Carrillo in the 38th minute. Benton Kemp drew the foul in the box after the freshman got tripped up in the box.
Muniz and Axel Vichi each score a goal in the second half to push the lead to 4-0.
The only real threat Pine View had all game was a shot by Tyson Terry that had enough spin to bounce off the SC keeper. The Panthers were unable to take advantage of it and that was the closest they came to scoring all night.
“I’m so happy for our guys on the backline,” Coach Wittwer said. “Branson Stafford, Adrian Torres, Dallen Moody, Parker Jenkins as well as our great keepers really helped keep Pine View’s offense at bay.”
Next up for Snow Canyon is a Friday road game at Cedar at 4 p.m. Pine View will host Hurricane Friday at 7 p.m.
Desert Hills 4, Hurricane 3
Hunter Spray had a hat trick and Kanon Heaton had two assists as Desert Hills (7-0, 1-0 Region 9) kept its perfect record alive with a 4-3 victory at home over Hurricane (2-4, 0-1 Region 9). Heaton also had a goal and Kelton Holt and Bridger Nelson each had an assist in the win for the Thunder.
Max Gutierez, Dan Brubaker and Jefferson Bjarson each had a goal in the loss for the Tigers.
Dixie 5, Cedar 0
Dixie (3-2-1, 1-0 Region 9) jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the half and didn’t look back in the 5-0 victory over Cedar (3-3-1, 0-1 Region 9). Conner Buehner, Trey Hoskins, Jorge Bernabe, Jose Morales and Christian Chavez each scored a goal in the win.
Ethan Poulton got the shutout for the Flyers.