Region 9 roundup: Dixie soccer shuts out SC; top three VB teams all sweep

Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah, Sept. 30, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Dixie forged ahead into first place and Desert Hills climbed into a tie for second as Tuesday featured some intense soccer action in Region 9.

The Flyers, behind Taylor Whitson’s sixth shutout of the 2014 season, blanked Snow Canyon 2-0 Tuesday night. The defending state champs were in a tight game in the first half as neither team could get one past the goalkeepers.

Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah, Sept. 30, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah, Sept. 30, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

But Dixie notched goals by Liz Durrant and Taylor Gledhill after intermission and held on for the win at Walt Brooks Stadium. Durrant’s goal was her fifth of the year, second best on the Flyers team. It was the second score of the season for Gledhill.

Dixie, which went 11-0-1 last season in region en route to the state championship, improved to 10-3-0 overall and 8-1-0 in region play. The Flyers have reeled off six straight wins since a Sept. 9 loss to Cedar and now have 24 points, tops in the region. Dixie will get a chance to avenge that loss to Cedar Thursday night with a road trip to Iron County. Kick time is 4 p.m.

Snow Canyon, had a five-game winning streak snapped last week with a loss to Desert Hills and has now lost two straight. The Warriors are home for Hurricane Thursday and then have a bye next Tuesday. SC, 9-5-0 and 7-3-0, has 21 points, three behind the Flyers.

Desert Hills, meanwhile, has won four straight after downing Pine View 2-1 at Panther Stadium. Pine View led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Tayvia Ah Quin. But the Thunder came alive after the break, scoring on goals by Abby Guymon and Kenzie Done. Done’s goal came with under a minute to play in the game.

DH, now 9-4-0 overall and 7-3-0 in region, started region play at .500 with a 3-3-0 record, but has played well since a mid-September loss to Cedar. The Thunder have a bye Thursday and then a big battle at league-leader Dixie next Tuesday.

Hurricane and Canyon played to a scoreless tie Tuesday night. The Tigers, 2-9-2 and 1-7-1, are at Snow Canyon Thursday night. The Falcons, 2-11-1 and 0-9-1, host Pine View Thursday afternoon.

Region 9
W
L
T
GS
GA
Pts.
W
L
T
GS
GA
Pts.
Dixie 8 1 0 23 7 24 10 3 0 29 16 30
Snow Canyon 7 3 0 18 6 21 9 5 0 27 19 27
Desert Hills 7 3 0 26 11 21 9 4 0 32 14 27
Cedar 7 2 0 40 13 21 9 4 0 56 20 27
Pine View 2 7 0 11 16 6 3 9 0 15 21 9
Hurricane 1 7 1 4 32 4 2 9 2 14 38 8
Canyon View 0 9 1 2 39 1 2 11 1 14 47 7

VOLLEYBALL

On the hard courts, the top three teams all got sweeps Tuesday night. At the top, Snow Canyon made very short work of Canyon View, allowing the Falcons just 21 points in three games in the 25-6, 25-9, 25-6 blowout. SC was lights out with the serves, ripping off 28 service winners in the match.

Defending state champ Hurricane kept pace a game back by sweeping past Dixie 25-18, 25-20, 25-23. Rachel Nielsen had 17 kills and Carrie Marshall had 11 to pace the Tigers to the win.

Desert Hills remained two games behind SC with a sweep of Cedar, 25-13, 25-11, 25-7. The straight set win puts DH at 5-2 at the halfway point of region play.

Thursday, the second half of region begins with Cedar at Canyon View, Dixie at Desert Hills and Pine View at Hurricane.

Region 9
W
L
pct.
W
L
pct.
Snow Canyon 7 0 1.000 12 1 .923
Hurricane 6 1 .857 13 3 .812
Desert Hills 5 2 .714 11 10 .524
Dixie 2 5 .286 6 12 .333
Pine View 2 5 .286 7 14 .333
Cedar 2 5 .286 8 9 .471
Canyon View 0 7 .000 0 10 .000

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