High school girls soccer: 6A/5A/4A second round previews

Clearfield plays Box Elder in a girls varsity soccer game at Clearfield High School in Clearfield on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. Clearfield won 2-1.
Clearfield plays Box Elder in a girls varsity soccer game at Clearfield High School in Clearfield on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. Clearfield won 2-1. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

6A Playoffs

Herriman at Davis

Defending 6A state champion and No. 1 seed Davis is ready to potentially extend its perfect season in the second round of the 6A state tournament against No. 17 Herriman on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Davis, which remained unbeaten in the regular season with a 14-0 record, will look to maintain its momentum after a first-round bye.

The Darts’ offense has been prolific this season, averaging 3.21 goals per game, and has been spearheaded by top scorers Brooklyn Phongsavath (eight goals and three assists) and Sammy Maudsley (seven goals and four assists). Davis also showcases rigorous defense, allowing a meager average of 0.57 goals per game On the other side, Herriman comes into the match with a 6-11 overall record, demonstrating the grit to recover from an inconsistent season.

Arriving on a high after a 3-2 first-round win over Fremont, the Mustangs will be looking to pull off the big upset. Excelling in the playoff win was Kari Pate, Herriman’s leading scorer, who added two goals to her season tally of seven, along with five assists. Despite a challenging season, Herriman has shown potential for offensive play, averaging 1.35 goals per game, while their defense has conceded an average of 1.82 goals.

Corner Canyon at Skyridge

No. 9 Corner Canyon will travel to No. 8 Skyridge in the second round of the 6A state tournament on Oct. 10. Corner Canyon finished the regular season with an 8-7-1 record having scored and conceded 21 goals equally. Skyridge finished with a 9-7 record led by its attack which scored 49 goals, while conceding 27.

These teams didn’t play during the regular, but they’re familiar with each other having been in the same region in recent years, with Skyridge winning the final meeting last year 2-1. Skyridge is no stranger to postseason success having reached the 6A semifinals last year, where it lost to Davis 3-0. Corner Canyon lost in this same round last year, falling to American Fork 6-3.

Corner Canyon’s attack is led by Claire Jeppson, who’s tallied 11 goals this season. Skyridge, on the other hand, will be banking on its leading scorer, Rachel Boren, who has tallied 15 goals. Kalena Bellini has chipped in with seven goals this season for the Falcons. The winner of this match faces a potential showdown with top seed Davis in the quarterfinals.

Pleasant Grove at Mountain Ridge

In the second round of the class 6A state tournament, the No. 13 Pleasant Grove Vikings will pay a visit to the No 4. Mountain Ridge Sentinels on Oct. 10. The Sentinels ended their regular season on a high note, clinching the Region 2 title after winning their final four games. They finished the regular season 12-4, and have quality at both ends of the field to make a deep playoff run with 44 goals scored and 20 allowed.

On the other side, the Vikings had an up-and-down season finishing with a 6-10 record, scoring 23 goals while giving up 28. This inconsistency is something they’ll seek to address moving on to this knockout stage. Key players to watch on the field are the Vikings’ top scorer and playmaker Tess Livingston with 11 goals. Mountain Ridge has been potent in front of goal all year led by Kya Newton and Jocelyn Wright, who’ve successfully netted 13 and 14 goals each respectively.

This is the first meeting in school history for these programs. Both teams last year were met with disappointment in this same round, with Mountain Ridge losing to Fremont, 2-1, and Pleasant Grove falling to Skyridge, 1-0.

Riverton at American Fork

In the second round of the Class 6A state tournament, the No. 12 seeded Riverton Silverwolves, with an 8-8 record, will travel to No. 5 seed American Fork (10-5) on Oct 10. Both teams will be seeking redemption from early playoff exits last year. Riverton lost to Roy 3-2 in overtime in this round, and American Fork was narrowly defeated by Davis 3-2 in the quarterfinals.

Riverton’s offensive drive will be powered by Emmalee Christensen, who has scored 10 goals this season. However, the team will need to tighten their defense, having allowed an average of 1.75 goals per game. American Fork’s primary offensive threat is top-scorer Lucy Kesler, who has netted 14 goals this season. The Cavemen have conceded an average of just 1.2 goals per game, while scoring an impressive 43 goals. This match will be the first between these two teams since 2016, when American Fork triumphed with a convincing 5-0 victory.

The winner of this second-round game will advance to the quarterfinals of the 6A state tournament.

Salt Lake Academy at Lone Peak

No. 15 seed Salt Lake Academy Griffins will face No. 2 Lone Peak in the 6A second round on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The Griffins (6-11) have had their ups and downs in their first season in 6A, while the Knights posted an impressive 16-1 overall record in the regular season and are coming off a first-round bye.

The Griffins have struggled to consistently find the back of the net, scoring 28 goals while allowing 36. Emily Blanchard has been a key player, bagging six goals and providing two assists during the season. On the other side, the Knights have demonstrated a remarkable scoring ability, netting a total of 76 goals while conceding only eight. Brooke Hendricks has stood out with 16 goals, while Samantha Sellers chipped in 12 goals and provided 13 assists throughout the season.

This contest marks the first meeting between these two schools. Last year, Lone Peak advanced to the semifinals, setting expectations high for this season’s potential deep run.

Farmington at Weber

When No. 10 Farmington Phoenix travels to No. 7 Weber Warriors in the 6A second round, it will be a rematch of a pair of region games won by Weber. Those two games unfolded about as opposite as possible. Weber barely won the first game 5-4 and jumping all over Farmington for the 4-0 halftime lead.

After nine combined goals in the first game, neither scored in the rematch three weeks later with the Warriors prevailed in a shootout 7-6. Farmington comes into this contest with an 8-8 record having netted a 28 goals while conceding 23. Weber Warriors, meanwhile, posted an 8-7 record season record with 22 goals scored and 23 allowed Weber lost in the first round as a No. 20 seed last year and made great strides this year to earn a second round home playoff game.

The Warriors’ offense is led by Callie Price with six goals and AJ Heap with four. Farmington heads into the playoffs hoping for another great run like a year ago when it advanced all the way to the 6A final where it lost to Davis, 1-0. Farmington’s top scorer, Macey Call, with seven goals to her name, will look to spearhead the Phoenix attack alongside Taytem Grant, who has contributed six goals and three assists

Lehi at Copper Hills

No. 14 Lehi is set to face off against No. 3 Copper Hills in the second round on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. The Grizzlies, enjoying an overall record of 13-3, are looking to regain momentum after losses in two of their final three games of the regular season.

On the other hand, the Pioneers come into the match carrying a less stellar 6-11 record, but with a fresh victory, having nudged out Bingham 1-0 in the first round of 6A play on Tuesday, courtesy of a first-half goal from Erin Dahl. The offensive prowess of the Grizzlies is evident with 51 goals scored during the regular season while allowing just 17. Brenna Arauzo leads the way with 11 goals, while Camila Palafox has scored 10 goals and a team-leading 12 assists.

Lehi has struggled offensively this year with just 11 goals in its first season in 6A, but is led by Dahl who’s scored five goals this season. This is the first meeting between these teams since a preseason game in 2007, which Lehi won 2-0. Last year’s playoffs saw Copper Hills bow out at this very stage with an 8-0 defeat to the eventual 6A state champion, Davis.

Syracuse at Layton

The Class 6A second round brings a shot at redemption for No. 11 seed Syracuse, which will travel to meet No. 6 seed Layton on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Last season, the Titans were eliminated in this same round in a tense shootout against the Lancers, and they are eager for a different outcome this year. The Titans head into the clash with an 8-8 record, and they’ve found the net 34 times this season while conceding 20 goals. The Lancers boast a 9-6 record, demonstrating a consistent performance with a total of 33 goals scored and 21 allowed. Abby Affleck stands out as the Titans’ main asset with 15 goals this season, while for the Lancers, Jersee Clapier and Amelia Smith have been decisive, scoring nine and eight goals respectively. Their regular-season meetings were a mix, with the first match at Layton ending in a 1-0 victory for Syracuse, and the second meeting somewhat reversing the order with 3-2 overtime win for Layton at Syracuse.

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5A Playoffs

Kearns at Brighton

The Class 5A state tournament enters its second round on Oct. 10, with the spotlight turning to an intriguing match between No. 9 Kearns at No. 8 Brighton. Kearns is riding a wave of confidence after beating Taylorsville 4-1 in the 5A first round on Tuesday, progressing further in the state tournament than a year ago.

Brighton, meanwhile, enjoyed a first-round bye on Tuesday. Kearns owns an 12-2 record, bolstered by a dynamic offense with 38 goals this season, while Brighton brings an 11-5 record to the table, backed by a formidable offense that netted 48 goals. Comparably, on the defensive side, Cougars have been stingier, conceding only 11 goals this season against Bengals’ 20. Notably, Stacy Hernandez and Zaiah Menlove have been consistent performers for Kearns, having scored 12 and 10 goals, respectively.

Brighton’s attack is spearheaded by Analena Jacob and Oakley Zenger, both recording 10 goals each. The Bengals shall be eager to overturn the disappointment of last year’s exit at the same stage.

Viewmont at Springville

No. 20 Viewmont squares off against No. 4 Springville in the 5A second round on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Viewmont enters the match with a 5-12 record, its season punctuated by pulling off an upset against Box Elder with a 3-1 victory in the first round on Tuesday.

Springville enjoyed a first-round bye in the first round. The Red Devils average over two goals per game, thanks to heavy contributors like Mattie Neves and Sophie Neves who scored 19 and seven goals, respectively. The Vikings, on the other hand, have scored fewer, slightly over one goal per game, but have let in over two per game, signaling defensive vulnerabilities.

Top scorer for the Vikings, Mazie Tullis, has four goals and five assists. The teams previously clashed in the 2018 5A quarterfinals, with Viewmont snatching a narrow victory, 4-3.

Roy at Bountiful

After losing a heartbreaker in a shootout in last year’s 5A state championship, No. 5 seed Bountiful is excited to try and make amends, beginning with its first playoff game in the 5A second round against No. 21 seed Roy Royals on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The two teams had mixed fortunes in their regular season clashes, with Roy winning the first match 2-1 and Bountiful dominating the second encounter 9-2. Bountiful (12-4) scored a total of 51 goals and conceded just 18. Featured players include Caroline Hellewell and Belle Sorensen, who combined for a whopping 29 goals and 21 assists. On the other hand, Roy (9-8) is coming off a 4-2 upset over Northridge in the first round. Roy has scored 21 goals this season and conceded 46.

Macy Reed has been Roy’s most productive player, contributing five goals and two assists to the Royals’ campaign. Fresh off its upset of Northridge, Roy is hoping to pull off another upset in the second round and advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight year.

Woods Cross at Wasatch

In 5A second round, No. 14 seed Woods Cross Wildcats will face off with No. 3 seed Wasatch Wasps on the latter’s home turf on Oct. 10. The Wildcats boast a 9-7 overall record this season, with a total of 40 goals scored and 27 conceded.

The Wasps, having scored 35 goals whilst conceding 26 this year, are entering the playoffs with an 11-5 record coming off a first-round bye. Woods Cross is entering the game with momentum, having defeated Hunter 4-0 in the 5A first round last week, a notable improvement from last year when its lost to Mountain View in the first round.

The Wildcats’ top scorer this season is Oakley Anderson who has scored 21 goals. Conversely, Wasatch suffered a 5-1 loss to Alta in the 5A first round last year, though its has strengthened its game this season, with top performing player Ellie Karl recording eight goals and 10 assists to the field.

East at Olympus

The No. 11 East Leopards are set to take on the No. 6 Olympus Titans on Oct. 10 in the 5A second round. The Leopards own an overall record of 10-7, boasting respectable 33 goals to their name while conceding 22. In contrast, the Titans, who had a first-round bye last week, have an 11-5 record and showcase a strong offense with 53 goals scored and 22 conceded.

The Leopards look to continue their winning momentum after a narrow 1-0 triumph over Bonneville in the first round last week. The team’s main threats are Addy Feldman, who has 11 goals and 10 assists this season, and Rhea Pearson, who boasts 13 goals and three assists.

On Olympus’s side, Hope Munson and Anna Neff are key players, contributing 10 goals and three assists, and seven goals and two assists respectively. The two teams met twice in regular season play, with East claiming both victories.

Spanish Fork at Skyline

No. 16 Spanish Fork faces an uphill battle against top-seeded Skyline Eagles on Oct. 10 in the 5A second round. Skyline (15-1) enjoyed a first-round bye on Tuesday and earned three consecutive shutouts to end the regular season.

In contrast, Spanish Fork advanced into the second round with a 4-1 first round win over Salem Hills on Tuesday. Spanish Fork is led by Lexi Kovatch, Kingsley Hicks and Brooklyn Smith, each with three goals for the season to their names. However, their efforts face a formidable Skyline defense, which conceded a meager nine goals in the regular season and an attack that scored 66 times.

Outstanding contributors for the Eagles include Lily Hall (20 goals, 6 assists), Ella Hall (7 goals, 6 assists), and Jenna Nichols (7 goals, 5 assists). The last meeting between the Dons and Eagles occurred in the 5A first round in 2020, with Skyline dominating 5-0. Additionally, the Eagles are the defending 5A state champions, which fuels the anticipation for this matchup.

Alta at Clearfield

No. 15 seed Alta travels to No. 2 seed Clearfield in a Class 5A second round faceoff on Oct. 10. Alta enters the game confident after defeating West Jordan 6-0 in the first round last week, improving its overall record to 9-8 with 43 goals scored and 35 conceded. The Falcons boast a solid 13-3 record, having netted 34 goals and allowed 18.

It enjoyed a first-round bye last week. Both teams will be relying heavily on their top performers. For the Hawks, Lizzy Cowdell and Natalie Abba, with a combined 19 goals, will bolster their front line, while Emily Dachenhausen and Sophie Johnson, who have each provided eight assists, will look to lead the midfield.

The Falcons will be counting on Cassidy Andrews who leads the team with 14 goals. Erin Cate and Jentrie Porter have each provided a vital contribution to the Falcons attack with assists and multiple goals. This matchup marks the first since the 2002 playoffs between these teams, adding a wildcard element to the game. Last year’s postseason saw Clearfield fall 4-1 to Lone Peak in the 6A second round.

Maple Mountain at Timpview

The 10th-seeded Maple Mountain Golden Eagles, who own a 10-6 record, are looking to exact revenge in the 5A second round to region foe Timpview after suffering two losses in regular season play to the T-Birds (11-5).

Earlier this season, No. 7 seed Timpview beat the Golden Eagles with scores of 3-2 and 4-0, respectively. The season has seen Maple Mountain netting an average of 1.69 goals per game while allowing an average of 1.38. Mika Krommenhoek, Kesley Jewkes and Piper Hoyt have contributed significantly to the team’s offensive stats with combined goals of 12 and 14 assists.

On the opposing side, the Thunderbirds, led by Sarah Oyler with 16 goals and six assists, have shown greater efficiency and net defense, scoring an average of 2.74 goals per game while allowing 1.33. Last year’s playoffs saw both teams leaving the race at this stage. Timpview fell to East 2-1, while Maple Mountain lost to Skyline in a shootout.

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4A Playoffs

Sky View at Stansbury

The second round of the 4A state tournament sees No.15 Sky View Bobcats traveling to the field of No. 2 Stansbury. The game is slated for Oct. 10. Sky View Bobcats, with an overall record of 7-10, will seek to build upon the momentum from their 3-1 victory against Hillcrest in the first round.

Meanwhile, the Stallions, are coming off a first-round by and finished the regular season with a 15-2 record. Sky View has netted a total of 38 goals while conceding 30 across the season, with Maysen Mckay, Reese Thurston and Kate Sundstrom making significant individual contributions. Stansbury have been prolific, netting 69 goals while only allowing 10.

Gracee Alders heads the individual goal tally with 27 goals. Last year, Sky View Bobcats advanced to the 4A semifinals before falling to Snow Canyon, while the Stansbury Stallions were downed by Skyline in the 5A quarterfinals.

Snow Canyon at Desert Hills

Region 9 foes Snow Canyon and Desert Hills have their sights set on a playoff clash in the 4A second round on Oct. 10. No. 11 Snow Canyon dominated Tooele 14-0 in the opening round last week, bumping its overall record to 12-5.

It has scored 80 goals this season while surrendering just 21. The Warriors’ attack is led by players like Ashlee Harris and Jolee Irvin, who have together combined for 23 goals and 31 assists.

Meanwhile, No. 6 Desert Hills carries a 13-4 standing into the tournament, having impressively netted 51 goals while conceding just 16. Ellie Hendrix leads the Thunder with 19 goals and 21 assists. In region play, these sides split their games with Desert Hills winning the first match 2-0, only for Snow Canyon to respond with a thrilling 5-4 victory.

Cedar at Park City

Coming off a thrilling first round upset win over Orem, No. 19 seed Cedar is ready to attempt a second consecutive upset in the 4A playoffs. This time, Cedar will face the No. 3 seed Park City in a second-round match on Oct. 10.

Cedar enters with an 8-9 record record against Park City’s formidable 14-2 record. The Cedar squad, fresh from a morale-boosting 4-1 victory over Orem, will be eager to maintain their momentum against a Park City side coming in well-rested after enjoying a first-round bye.

Park City has scored 65 goals this season to 20 conceded. Lauren Kindt and Abby Hanton lead the Miners attack. The last time these two teams met was in the 2015 3A semifinals, with Cedar prevailing 1-0.

Provo at Green Canyon

No. 17 Provo is set to challenge top-ranked Green Canyon in a second-round 4A state tournament game on Oct. 10. Following a 4-3 shootout win against Jordan in their first-round match, Provo strides into the round with an overall record of 6-9.

In contrast, Green Canyon with an imposing 15-1 overall tally, enters the game fresh, thanks to a first-round bye. Provo’s offense was led by Addison Rose with 10 goals and had 25 goals and conceded 28 this season. In comparison, Green Canyon boasts of a robust goal difference, having found the back of the net 45 times, largely powered by Austin Miller’s 13 goals, and conceding only 10.

Green Canyon will be eager for a state chamionship after falling in the semifinals last year to Mountain Crest. The 4A second round game will be the first time Provo and Green Canyon face off this season.

Mountain Crest at Crimson Cliffs

No. 9 Mountain Crest hopes to find its third 4A championship in a row, but first it will need to face No. 8 Crimson Cliffs. Mountain Crest, with an 11-6 record, comes into the second round with a dominant first-round victory over Hurricane, closing the game 8-0.

Mountain Crest strides in with a balanced scoreline of 42 goals scored and 13 conceded. Hadli Barrera, having netted 11 goals with three assists, is a significant playmaker for Mountain Crest. On the other side, Crimson Cliffs, sitting at 12-4, took a first-round bye. The team has been defensive this season with seven shutouts and scoring 30 goals, while only conceding 13.

Crimson Cliffs’ Quinci Smith led her team this year with 11 goals and three assists. Last season’s playoffs saw Mountain Crest emerging as the 4A champions, while Crimson Cliffs felt a bit of a sting, bowing out in the first round to Logan in a closely contested 1-0 match.

Logan at Ridgeline

The stage is set for the second round of the Class 4A state tournament as No. 13 seed Logan heads to No. 4 Ridgeline on Saturday, Oct. 10. Logan, with an overall record of 7-8, enters the match of a narrow 3-2 first-round victory over Dixie.

Meanwhile, Ridgeline, which received a first-round bye and holding a 13-4 record, confidently awaits their rivals. Logan might be the underdogs, but their formidable striker Mia Lopez, with 17 goals and 5 assists, presents a key threat to Ridgeline’s defense. On the other side, Ridgeline has shown a balanced side with notched goals from multiple players, with Taylor Miller leading the way with 5 goals and 3 assists.

Defensively, Lily Loyet of Ridgeline, who has 5 shutouts to her name will hold the backline for the Riverhawks. Logan has scored 32 goals but conceded a high of 31, whereas Ridgeline has found a steady foothold, scoring 31 and allowing 19. This season, Ridgeline came out victorious over Logan twice, the most recent encounter ending in a thrilling 7-6 shootout win. Last year’s playoff results saw both teams bowing out in the Quarterfinals; Logan to Mountain Crest 5-0, and Ridgeline narrowly losing to Sky View 1-0.

Uintah at Timpanogos

No. 12 seed Uintah will be on the road Tuesday, facing No. 5 seed Timpanogos in a 4A state tournament second-round matchup. Uintah comes into the second round with a 9-8 record, having won its first-round 4-2 over Bear River, while Timpanogos had a first-round bye after a successful 12-3 regular season.

Uintah put up an impressive tally of 48 goals, led by Emma Glenn with 10 goals and five assists, but also gave up 35 goals this season. Contrastingly, Timpanogos has exhibited strong defensive form, With goalkeeper Emma McIff recording 10 shutouts and conceding a meager 11 goals throughout the season.

The two teams have previously met twice, with each team grabbing a win. Timpanogos seeks to better their semifinal exit to Skyline last year and Uintah is keen on avoiding a repeat of the first-round knockout they suffered at the hands of Viewmont.

Murray at Mountain View

In the second round of the Class 4A state tournament, No. 10 seed Murray will travel to No. 7 seed Mountain View. The match will pit the teams against each other which shared similar regular seasons.

Both teams have a strong 12-win tally to their names, with Murray having one more loss than the Bruins. In terms of goals, the Murray Spartans have proven potent this season, scoring 62 and conceding 22. The Mountain View Bruins have had a more defensive approach, scoring 51 and only allowing 10 goals. The Spartans last week dominated their 4A first round game, convincingly beating Cottonwood 5-0. On the other hand, the Bruins enjoyed a bye in the first round.

Murray’s Ava Talaeai leads her team with 17 goals and 12 assists. For the Bruins, Bailey Peterson has been the standout performer with 12 goals. The previous meeting of these two teams took place in the 2019 5A quarterfinals with Mountain View edging out a close 3-2 win.

This report was compiled with the assistance of ChatGPT