Region 9 soccer: Streak continues for SC; Thunder move into 2nd place

Snow Canyon celebrates a second half goal, Hurricane vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 27, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Snow Canyon’s Jacie Mooring dropped a 35-yard bomb behind Hurricane goalkeeper Madison Branche to lead the Warriors to a 2-1 Region 9 victory in girls soccer on Tuesday at Warrior Stadium.

snow-canyon-logohurricane-logoThe win was the fifth straight for the Warriors (6-1-0, 9-4-1) and further strengthens their tight grip on first place in Region 9.

“I wasn’t sure it was going in at first,” Mooring said. “But when I saw it curving, I knew it was going in.”

Hurricane's Mylee Moon (10) and Snow Canyon's Ashley Brindley (17), Hurricane vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 27, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Hurricane’s Mylee Moon (10) and Snow Canyon’s Ashley Brindley (17), Hurricane vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 27, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Adi Melendez had the assist.

The Warriors scored their first goal with 17 minutes left in the first half when Ellie Christensen hammered one home off an assist from Heidi Smith. The Tigers (3-3-1, 7-5-1) got the equalizer on Mylee Moon’s goal with 10 minutes left in the same half.

Mooring’s goal came with 33 minutes left in the second half.

Hurricane refused to buckle, however, and had several shots on goal, all of which Snow Canyon keeper Megan Rodgers turned away. She was especially strong in one stretch when Jaden Langford had one shot and Moon had a pair.

“We were a bit tight, but Hurricane battled much better than last time around,” said SC coach Kenny Kunde.

“We play really good together,” Mooring said. “We’re not selfish with the ball.”

Snow Canyon, with 18 team points, now has a six-point lead in the region race, with the Tigers (10 points) dropping to third place behind Desert Hills (12 points). The Warriors will try and extend their winning streak with a match at Cedar Thursday afternoon. Hurricane now has two straight home matches, starting with Thursday’s battle vs. Pine View.

Desert Hills 4, Cedar 0

Brooklyn Lott scored two goals in the first half as the Thunder (4-3-0, 7-4-2) defeated the Lady Reds (3-4-0, 4-6-0).

desert-hills-logocedar-logoMakayla Lewis and Kodee Bracken added the other goals. Brittany Moore had the shutout. All four of the Thunder’s goals came before halftime.

“We played well as a team,” said DH coach Benji Nelson. “That’s the key to our success.”

Lott now has six goals on the year after the two-goal outburst, while Moore recorded her sixth shutout of the year and the 13th of her career for Desert Hills. It was the ninth goal of the season for Bracken and the fifth for Lewis as DH slips into second place in the region with the win.

The Thunder play at Dixie Thursday night. Cedar, with nine points, is in fourth place and still in position to qualify for the playoffs. The Lady Reds host first-place Snow Canyon Thursday afternoon.

Pine View 2, Dixie 1

Whitney Christensen scored one goal and Dixie was the victim of an own goal with PV’s McKenna Plumb the closest Panther.

pine-view-logodixie-logo“Both teams came out really hard,” said PV coach Kenzie Hawes. “In the second half, we started possessing and playing the way we know how. That’s when we took control.”

Pine View improved to 2-5-0 in region (3-9-0 overall),a single point behind Dixie for fifth place in the region. Dixie is now 2-4-1 and 6-4-1.

The Panthers are at Hurricane Thursday night while Dixie hosts Desert Hills.

Region 9 Girls Soccer Standings
Team Region (Pts.) Ovrl
Snow Canyon 6-1-0 (18) 9-4-1
Desert Hills 4-3-0 (12) 7-4-2
Hurricane 3-3-1 (10) 7-5-1
Cedar 3-4-0 (9) 4-6-0
Dixie 2-4-1 (7) 6-4-1
Pine View 2-5-0 (6) 3-9-0

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