Region 9 soccer roundup: Dixie outburst sinks Cedar, 5-0

Dixie vs. Cedar, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 6, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The offense for Dixie’s girls soccer team has been stagnant lately. It wasn’t Tuesday, however, as the Flyers defeated Cedar 5-0 in Region 9 play.

dixie-logocedar-logo“It’s good to play good again,” said coach Burt Myers. “We played with a little more emotion than we have been. The first half we possessed the ball better and we moved the ball well.”

Starlee Woodbury scored three goals – two on breakaways – to pace Dixie. Liz Durrant had the other two.

Dixie's Mashaun Estridge (00), Dixie vs. Cedar, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 6, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Dixie’s Mashaun Estridge (00), Dixie vs. Cedar, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 6, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

One of Woodbury’s goals came when she blasted an assist from Savannah Sparks after Woodbury’s first shot rebounded off the crossbar.

“I was pretty surprised,” Woodbury said. “I said, ‘I have to get this in the goal. I was happy when it came back to me.”

Woodbury, a senior multi-sport star for the Flyers, said her team was especially motivated in this one.

“We were hungry this game after tying with Hurricane (last week),” Woodbury said. “We wanted to show that we’re better and stepped up this game.

“Cedar’s a good team,” Woodbury said “They have some fast girls.”

But, Myers said, “Ashlyn Smith was stellar in the center of our defense. She’s a captain and she was pointing where girls needed to be. (Kourtney) Kezos and Megan Preece, the whole back line, did a good job.

Dixie's Starlee Woodbury (23) and Cedar's Hannah Sobel (18), Dixie vs. Cedar, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 6, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Dixie’s Starlee Woodbury (23) and Cedar’s Hannah Sobel (18), Dixie vs. Cedar, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 6, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

After a scoreless first 18 minutes, Durrant scored after several of her teammates touched the ball. Woodbury followed with a ball into the side of the net, then got her first breakaway with 16 minutes left in the half. She followed with that rebound goal with 10 minutes to go and got another breakaway with one minute left in the half. Durrant’s final goal came with four minutes remaining in the game.

Cedar got off a few shots, but nothing was really close as Mashaun Estridge swallowed up eight saves.

Woodbury now has nine goals on the season to lead her team. Durrant has knocked home five. Estridge’s shutout is fourth of the year fore the sophomore keeper.

Dixie, 1-0-1 in region and 5-0-1, overall, is off until next Tuesday, when the Flyers visit Desert Hills. Cedar, 0-1-0 and 2-3-0, will try and bounce back with a home game against Pine View at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Snow Canyon 3, Pine View 1

Heidi Smith, Mackenzee Brough and Samantha Lindsey scored goals for the Warriors.

Snow Canyon led 1-0 at intermission, but the Lady Panthers were able to tie the game up at 1-1 early in the second half. However, the rest of the contest belonged to the Lady Warriors.

snow-canyon-logopine-view-logo“Our kids played OK in the first half,” said the Warriors’ Kenny Kunde. “The second half we were creating some good shots. They tied it at 1-1 and after that the kids responded well.

“It’s always good to get those home wins,” Kunde said. “It’s a crazy region, like usual.”

It is the team-leading fifth goal of the year for Smith, while Brough notched her second of the season and Lindsey found the back of the net for the first time this year.

Snow Canyon improves to 1-0-0 in region and 4-3-0 overall with the win. The Warriors host Desert Hills Thursday night.

Pine View drops to 0-1-0 and 1-5-0 on the year and will play at Cedar Thursday afternoon (4 p.m.).

Hurricane 3, Desert Hills 2

Shanel Stevens had two goals, including the game-winner with eight minutes to go, and Kylee Stevens had the other as the Tigers stunned the Thunder.

hurricane-logodesert-hills-logo“This is a huge win for Hurricane High School,” said coach Luke Stevens. “I’m proud of the results out of my team. I knew we could beat Desert Hills.”

The Thunder came into the contest red-hot, having gone unbeaten in their last three matches, including just earning a tie with nationally-ranked Arbor View (Nev.) last week. But Hurricane played even with the Thunder on the Tigers home field, setting up Shanel Stevens’s thrilling winner.

“Everyone just had a solid game, from my starters down to the little freshmen who came in,” Luke Stevens said. “That’s what we needed.”

Hurricane improved to 1-0-1 in region play and 5-2-1 overall on the season. The Tigers next play next Tuesday at Pine View at 7:30 p.m.

Desert Hills drops to 0-1-0 in region and 3-2-2 overall with the loss. The Thunder play at Snow Canyon Thursday night.

Region 9 Standings
Team, rcrd, pts
Dixie, 1-0-1, 4
Hurricane, 1-0-1, 4
Snow Canyon, 1-0-0, 3
Desert Hills 0-1-0, 0
Cedar 0-1-0, 0
Pine View 0-1-0, 0

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