ST. GEORGE – Dixie wasn’t perfect this year, but they were close enough for coach Burt Myers.
The Lady Flyers completed the regular season with a dominant 4-0 shutout of second-place Cedar Friday night and finished the years 11-0-1 in Region 9.
“Being undefeated, it says a lot about caliber of ladies I have and the determination they have,” Myers said. “The seniors have shown great leadership. Everyon eon the team has found their roles and played them very well. We have become a team.”
Dixie, which got knocked out in the quarterfinals last season after finishing second in region to eventual state champion Snow Canyon, will be one of the favorites when the state tournament begins Wednesday afternoon.
“I think our region will do well,” Myers said. “Cedar and Snow Canyon are tough and our fourth seed, Desert Hills, can play soccer. Pine View had a good outing Tuesday as well.”
Dixie struggled the first time this season vs. Cedar on a blustery day in mid-September, eking out a 2-1 win. Friday night, the Flyers weren’t about to leave this game to chance. Tanner Gledhill and Aubri Challis scored first-half goals and Dixie’s defense defense rarely allowed the Lady Reds a sniff at the goal. When they, goalkeeper Liz Empey turned away the shots for her seventh shutout of the year.
Gledhill added her second goal after halftime and Alexa Bernade notched her first goal of the year to round out the scoring.
Dixie had already clinched the Region 9 title, but finished strong and improved its overall record to 12-2-2. The Flyers will host Tooele (6-10-0) Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Walt Brook Stadium.
Cedar, which finished region 9-3 (11-4-0 overall), will play host to Stansbury (9-5) Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Snow Canyon, 7-6-2, is the three-seed and will travel to 11-5 Ben Lomond Wednesday, 4 p.m. Fourth-seeded Desert Hills, 7-7-2, goes 12-2-1 Bear River and Pine View, 8-7-1, travels to Juan Diego, 9-4-3.
Winners of Wednesday’s first-round games will play in the quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m. at the higher-seeds’ fields.
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