ST. GEORGE — Most of the local prep soccer teams were in action, gearing up for the long stretch of region games that begin on Tuesday night. Dixie, Desert Hills, Pine View and Snow Canyon all battled non-league foes amid 80-degree temperatures in Utah’s Dixie Saturday. Here’s a recap of the action:
Pine View 1, Mountain Crest 1 (F)
The Panthers trailed most of the game after the Mustangs Alex Pineda bounced in a breakaway goal just past Pine View goalkeeper Javier Gaona’s diving effort.
The score stayed 1-0 despite Pine View dominating possession on its offensive end. At long last, with 7:47 left in the game, Michael Wade tapped in a cross from Federico Resendis to tie the score. Neither team could break the tie and no overtimes were played.
“For not being a very big guy, Michael Wade is huge for us,” Panthers coach Sam Johnston said. “He can really cause damage to the other team. He’s a physical player and has got good speed. You get him in the box and he’s real tough to defend. He’s got good creativity, too, like today when it can be just a flick-on.”
Pine View had 22 shots on goal in the game to just 10 for Mountain Crest. But the only shots that count are the ones that find the back of the net.
“We’ve got to finish a little bit better,” Johnston said. “We had a lot of good chances, just didn’t finish. But I’m glad we got the one we got. We want our forwards to be selfish to a certain point. The forwards I have are so good, they can beat their guy and take the shot themselves. But once they do that, sometimes there can be a better shot option.”
The Panthers, 3-3-1, play at undefeated Snow Canyon Tuesday night.
Snow Canyon 3, Box Elder 0
The Warriors won again Saturday, knocking off the Bees from northern Utah.
It was another shutout for the SC defense, anchored by keepers Brayden Brough and Jose Camacho. In fact, Snow Canyon has shut out its opponents in six of seven games this season and only allowed a single goal all year.
Kevin Guevara Chillin scored twice in the second half and Kaden Wittwer scored with two minutes left in the game.
The Warriors have two of the top scorers in the state in Angel Muniz and Chillin, who are averaging about a goal a game each.
It’s all region games from here on out for SC, beginning with Tuesday’s home match vs. Pine View at 7 p.m.
Dixie 0, Hunter 0
Two tired teams squared off Saturday at Walt Brooks Stadium and it showed on the scoreboard — or rather it didn’t show anything on the scoreboard as the game ended in a scoreless tie. No overtime was played.
Dixie, 4-1-2, plays at Hurricane Tuesday night.
Skyline 1, Desert Hills 0
The Thunder also had a hard time getting anything going on the offensive end, dropping a one-goal decision to the Eagles.
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