Region 9 soccer: Warriors strengthen grip on 1st place with road win

Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 22, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Heidi Smith and Ashley Brindley scored to lift Snow Canyon to a 2-0 victory over Pine View in Region 9 girls soccer Thursday night at Panther Stadium.

snow-canyon-logopine-view-logoThe Warriors (5-1-0, 8-4-1) and Panthers (1-5-0, 2-9-0) battled through 36 minutes of scoreless soccer before Smith scored off a Brinley assist. Pine View had the ball near the goal mouth several times, but Snow Canyon’s Megan Rogers, Grace Call, Samantha Connor and Brielle Hoskins managed to get out of trouble each time.

Snow Canyon's Heidi Smith (7) and Pine View's Ariana Salgado (18), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 22, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Snow Canyon’s Heidi Smith (7) and Pine View’s Ariana Salgado (18), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 22, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

“I think we got a few lucky breaks on some of their attacks,” said SC coach Kenny Kunde. “We were off a little bit tonight, but our defense held together. We had a lot of opportunities that we didn’t finish.

“This is our third road win and I think it’s been a long time since that happened,” Kunde added.

Pine View also had trouble finishing. Brynlee Wade and McKenna Plumb were among those who got off shots that didn’t connect.

Smith leads Snow Canyon with nine goals on the season, while Brindley notched her third tally of the year. Rogers recorded the shutout in goal. The stars are young, with Smith and Rogers being just freshmen and Brindley a sophomore.

The win for SC, coupled with Hurricane’s loss, gives the Warriors a five-point lead in the region race. Snow Canyon hosts the Tigers next Tuesday.

Pine View, which is in sixth place with three points, will be at Dixie Tuesday night.

Cedar 2, Dixie 1

Lindsey Robinson and Julia Hunt had goals as the Lady Reds (3-3-0, 5-5-0) defeated the Flyers (2-3-1, 6-3-1) in a game shortened because of weather concerns. Nearby lightning led administrators to call the game five minutes into the second half. Ashlyn Smith had a penalty kick for Dixie.

cedar-logodixie-logo“Hannah Sobel marked (Dixie’s) Starlee Woodbury and did a good job of putting pressure on her, keeping her from getting breakaways like she did the last time we played,” noted Cedar coach Scott Kamachi. Both of our goals were into the wind. We kept the ball low and finished better than we have the last two games.”

It’s the eighth goal of the season for Hunt, while Robinson nabbed her fifth of the season. Cedar, tied for third in the region with nine points, is at Desert Hills next Tuesday.

Dixie has dropped to fifth place and will seek to rebound next Tuesday with a home game against Pine View.

Desert Hills 3, Hurricane 0

Kodee Bracken scored two goals and Victoria Crosby had another as the Thunder (3-3-0, 6-4-2) downed the Tigers (3-2-1, 7-4-1).

desert-hills-logohurricane-logo“We pretty much dominated and had tons of shots,” said DH coach Benji Nelson. “We played better as a team. We have so much talent that we sometimes don’t do that.”

Bracken now has eight goals on the season to lead the Thunder. Crosby got her first of the year. DH hosts Cedar on Tuesday.

Hurricane is still in second place, five points behind Snow Canyon and a point ahead of both Cedar and Desert Hills. The Lady Tigers are at the first-place Warriors Tuesday night.

Region 9 Girls Soccer Standings
Team Region (pts) Overall
Snow Canyon 5-1-0 (15) 8-4-1
Hurricane 3-2-1 (10) 7-4-1
Desert Hills 3-3-0 (9) 6-4-2
Cedar 3-3-0 (9) 4-5-0
Dixie 2-3-1 (7) 6-3-1
Pine View 1-5-0 (3) 2-9-0

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