High School Women’s Football Tuesday Highlights: Mountain Ridge, Viewmont achieve major wins in the region

Syracuse 1, Fremont 0

A first-half goal from Abby Schofield and a shot from Madi Paulsen were enough for the Titans to secure another Region 1 victory on Tuesday afternoon. The win improved the Titans to 7-2 in the regional game, where they are currently in a three-way tie with Davis and Farmington.

“Great group of girls. Talented and hardworking. We are definitely working hard to come together for that final push for a regional title and a state playoff contest. It wasn’t our best game and I felt a little off the pace, but happy we got the win and the draw,” said Syracuse coach Taylor Allen.

The win was Allen’s 100th career win (the ninth coach in Utah history to accomplish this feat).

Maeser Prep 4, American Heritage 4 (Maeser wins penalties 3-2)

After dropping four goals to none, the Lions switched positions, scoring four unanswered goals in regulation – all scored by Cat Miller – to force overtime. With the game eventually needing a penalty shootout to determine a winner, Maeser used the momentum he had built up during his rally to win the contest 3-2 and improve to 7-3 for the year.

Alice Watson recorded key saves in overtime and penalties to help guide the Lions to victory.

“Our girls never gave up and threw themselves at every tackle,” said Maeser coach Dustin Simmons. “After recovering from the worst 20 minutes of football we have ever played, our girls have mentally reset and calmed down.”

Serra 2, Herriman 1

With a two-game lead at the top of the Region 3 leaderboard, Mountain Ridge found itself in an overtime battle with Herriman, who was looking to make the region’s race a little more interesting.

But Paige Bayles had different plans in the closing minutes of overtime, when she fired the winning kick from 40 yards. Thanks to the goal, the Sentinels improved to 8-0 in the regional game and remained in the driver’s seat of Region 3.

“We were in a duel today against Herriman! They had a great game plan and executed it very well. They wouldn’t let us play our typical style of possession with their high pressure defense so we had to change formations and change the way we attacked them. This season was about facing adversity and how we can deal with it and today was no different. I’m so proud of the girls for their victory today,” said Mountain Ridge coach Jeremy King.

Viewmont 2, Woods Cross 1

While undefeated Bonneville appears to be the cream of the crop in Region 5 — and possibly all of 5A — the battle for the region’s second-place title was at stake on Tuesday as Viewmont and Woods Cross faced off for the second time this season. .

Despite losing 3-1 in the previous match, the Vikings got the better of the Wildcats this time around as they secured victory by a goal on the road. Kaylee Garlick and Katie Wersland scored Viewmont’s goals. The victory gave the Vikings (9-4) a one-game lead over Woods Cross (8-5) in the Region 5 standings.

“Our girls played well tonight. It’s always difficult to play Woods Cross because they are always well trained and play a lot, but our girls came to play. We’re really focused on playing hard and as a team, and it paid off tonight, but we know we still have a lot of work to do,” said Viewmont head coach Spencer Keddington.

American Fork 1, Corner Canyon 0

Presley Ray’s 11th goal of the season propelled American Fork to their 12th win of the season. Sophomore goalie Sarah Mathis also scored her eighth loss of the season as the Cavemen look to close the gap between them and undefeated Lone Peak, who are two games ahead in the Region 4 standings.

The two sides will face each other for the second time this season in a week – a showdown that will determine the region’s winner.

“We played a very motivated team from Corner Canyon tonight. It was their prom night and they really were ready to play. All season, these girls were motivated to make a great season and have fun doing it. Everyone shows up and supports each other every day. We are still working on things and we never settle down. We really have a big group of kids who take it one day at a time, one game at a time,” said American Fork coach Derek Dunn.

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