Prep boys soccer analysis: West Valley
Cyprus' two weapons key in region
Friday the 13th proved to be a day of misfortune for Cyprus. The Pirates allowed two early goals to Highland, which ended up being enough for the Rams. On a positive note for Cyprus, junior midfielder Jarom Farnsworth netted his third goal of the season. He had gone one month without scoring. Farnsworth is now second on the team with three goals behind sophomore forward Carlos Valles, who has four. It looks as if Farnsworth and Valles will have to carry the Pirates' offense if they are going to challenge East or Woods Cross.
Granger squeaks out much-needed win
Granger's junior goalkeeper Jose Perez was perfect against Taylorsville on Friday, earning his first shutout since the first week of the season. As good as Perez was, senior midfielder Ricardo Resendiz was the real hero. He scored the only goal of the match as stoppage time in the second half was about to come to a close. It was Resendiz's fourth goal of the season. Granger now has three players with at least four goals. If the Lancers can execute on the defensive side of the field as Region 2 play heats up, watch out.
Hunter's Bautista a brick wall
Hunter got an unexpected battle from Kearns on Friday, but the Wolverines staved off the Cougars for a 1-0 victory. Hunter came into the week atop the Region 2 standings at 3-0. Senior goalkeeper Josue Bautista only surrendered one goal in the Wolverines' first three region matches. On average, opposing teams are scoring just less than one goal per match against Bautista. If he is on his game, Hunter has a chance to win every time it steps onto the field.
Defense keeps Kearns close, but not enough
Kearns gave Hunter a run for its money on Friday, but it fell by one goal. The Cougars have been right there on more than one occasion this season. They have lost four matches by a score of 1-0. Junior goalkeeper Joseph Olmos is doing what he can in the net, but it is unreasonable to expect him to shut out every opposing offense.
Consistent scoring still concern at T'ville
Taylorsville is looking for answers after suffering an agonizing defeat at the hands of Granger. The Warriors have a solid goalie in senior Jordan Bailey, but they still don't have a consistent scorer. Senior team captain Ryan Crowther still seems like he could be that guy, but it hasn't happened yet. For Taylorsville, somebody needs to step up soon before the team sinks too far in the standings.