Region 9 soccer: DH road win sets up showdown vs. SC next Tuesday

Desert Hills' Makayla Lewis (8), Dixie vs. Desert Hills, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 29, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Brooklyn Lott scored two goals off Kodee Bracken assists and Desert Hills rode a stingy defense to a 2-0 Region 9 victory over Dixie in girls soccer on Thursday.

desert-hills-logodixie-logoThe win, coupled with Cedar’s 3-2 win over league-leading Snow Canyon, sets up a showdown between the Thunder and Warriors next Tuesday at Thunder Stadium.

Desert Hills' Kodee Bracken (3), Dixie vs. Desert Hills, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 29, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Desert Hills’ Kodee Bracken (3), Dixie vs. Desert Hills, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Sept. 29, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

“We started region out slow when we weren’t able to get the rhythm we wanted,” Lott said “As the season went on, we were able to find feet and put it in the back of the net. We have a lot of talent and finally are together as a team, get our rhythm and finish.”

The Thunder (5-3-0, 8-4-2) defense kept the Flyers (2-5-1, 6-5-1) from getting many shots on goal.

“They’ve just stepped it up,” DH coach Benji Nelson said. “They’ve worked hard and become a family back there.”

It’s been quite  week for Lott, who scored twice Tuesday night in the Thunder’s win over Cedar High. She now has eight goals on the year and has helped Desert Hills pull to within three points of the Warriors.

Brittany Moore continued to be a stone wall in goal, recording her sixth shutout of the season. Desert Hills has now shut out three straight opponents and five of the last six teams the Thunder have faced have come away without a goal.

DH, with 15 points, is just three behind Snow Canyon with two games to play, including Tuesday’s head to head match at DHHS.

Dixie, with seven points, is five behind Cedar in the chase for the fourth playoff spot with two games remaining.

Cedar 3, Snow Canyon 2

Chloe Riddle scored the game-winner 20 minutes into the second half. The Lady Reds (4-4, 5-6) got two other goals from Julia Hunt.

cedar-logosnow-canyon-logo“We played a good game and got some momentum going into next week and the playoffs,” said Cedar coach Scott Kamachi.

Heidi Smith and Serena Lindsey scored first-half goals as the Warriors (6-2, 9-5-1) took a 2-1 halftime lead.

“We’re going to have to win a game or two next week,” said SC coach Kenny Kunde.

It was Riddle’s first goal of the year, while Hunt leads the team with eight net-finders.

Cedar, with 12 points, can clinch a playoff spot with a win Tuesday at Pine View.

Snow Canyon, with 18 points, is still in first place by three. The Warriors are at Desert Hills Tuesday and close the regular season with a home match next Thursday against Dixie.

Hurricane 1, Pine View 0

Tye shutout was a clutch home win for the Tigers.

hurricane-logopine-view-logo“We knew Cedar had won and leap-frogged over us in the standings so we needed to get the win,” said Tiger coach Luke Stevens. “We had lots of chances and our defense was solid. In the 72nd minute, Mylee Moon got a through ball and crossed it to Jaydon Langford, who put it in. We got the result we wanted.”

Hurricane (4-3-1, 8-5-1) is in third place with 13 points with two games remaining. Pine View (2-6, 3-10) is in sixth. Four teams qualify for the state class 3A playoffs.

Region 9 Girls Soccer Standings
Team Region (pts) Overall
Snow Canyon 6-2 (18) 9-5-1
Desert Hills 5-3 (15) 8-4-2
Hurricane 4-3-1 (13) 8-5-1
Cedar 4-4-0 (12) 5-6-0
Dixie 2-5-1 (7) 6-5-1
Pine View 2-6 (6) 3-10

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