Prep soccer: Warriors shut out Dixie, seize hold of first place

Dixie's Trey Hoskins (5), Snow Canyon vs. Dixie, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Apr. 12, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Snow Canyon goalkeeper Quinn Hargis didn’t start Tuesday’s game against Dixie.

But, he made two key stops to help the Warriors (5-0) defeat the Flyers 2-0. As a result, Snow Canyon is in sole possession of the Region 9 boys soccer lead at the midpoint of the season.

snow-canyon-logodixie-logo“Their keeper had two huge saves (early in the second half),” said Dixie coach Burt Myers. “That was a big momentum swing.”

Actually, the Warriors had the momentum most of the night. They had the first three shots with Yetzel Carillo’s shot settling softly into the hands of Dixie goalie Ethan Poulton, Kevin Chillin’s header going wide and the Flyer defense foiling an Angel Muniz cross.

Chillin scored off a Muniz free kick in the 22nd minute after Stuart Seegmiller’s free kick for Dixie (4-1) was wide.

Snow Canyon's Angel Muniz (10) and Dixie’s Av'ry Green (2), Snow Canyon vs. Dixie, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Apr. 12, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Snow Canyon’s Angel Muniz (10) and Dixie’s Av’ry Green (2), Snow Canyon vs. Dixie, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Apr. 12, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Starting Warrior goalkeeper Brayden Brough had a save off an Av’ry Green shot before Poulton saved a long shot and knocked another over the goal ahead of the first half buzzer.

Dixie opened the second half with more fire and got off three shots against Hargis. Snow Canyon took a 2-0 lead when Muniz scored on a penalty kick following a handball in the box with 30 minutes remaining in the game.

Hargis followed that with saves on a free kick from Green, a blast from Jorge Bernabe and shots from Bernabe and Tyler Bennett.

“Brayden Brough is a great goalkeeper,” Hargis said. “I like the competition of having someone of the same skill level I have. When the pressure’s high, the nerves set in and I play better.”

Hargis praised the play of his defensive teammates, saying, “it was really a defensive effort. They were some of the hardest-working kids I’ve met.” Parker Jenkins, Adrian Torres, Dallen Moody and Branson Stafford had much to do with shutting down Dixie’s offense.

Desert Hills 5, Pine View 4

Hunter Spray had a pair of goals for the Thunder (3-2) while Kelton Holt, Rocky Bunker and Christian Cottle also scored.

desert-hills-logopine-view-logoDesert Hills led 2-0 at the half before the Panthers (1-4) came back.

“We possessed the ball and played very well, creating opportunities to score,” said DH coach Benji Nelson. “The second half it got very physical and cards were being given out left and right. We got a red card 22 seconds into the second half and played a man down. It got so physical it was hard to control the ball but we never gave up.”

DH led 3-1 before PV cut it to 3-2. Then it was 4-2 before the Panthers pulled to within 4-3. It was 5-3 when Pine View scored with three minutes left to tighten things once again at 5-4.

Michael Cardenas had two goals for the Panthers while Kalob Dudley and Jose Gaona had the others.

Hurricane 2, Cedar 2 (2 OT)

Tyson Davies scored two goals for Cedar (0-4-1) while Jeff Bjarnson and Max Gutierrez scored for Hurricane (1-3-1).

hurricane-logocedar-logo“Cedar played some really great defense that kept us from creating much in the first half,” said Hurricane coach Jeff Fry.

The Redmen led 1-0 at the half.

“In the second half, we got Cedar’s D to spread more, giving us an opportunity to attack,” Fry said.

Hurricane tied the match twice to get into overtime.

“The big reason we were able to hold on and not get beat tonight was because of our goalkeeper, Kaige Steglich, Fry said. “He made key saves to keep us alive.”

League rules only allow two overtimes during the regular season.

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