Prep boys' soccer analysis • City
West suffers setback, looking ahead
The Panthers were on a roll that put them back into the Region 2 championship mix thanks to a three-game winstreak including a 2-1 win over Granger on April 17 in which seniors Carlos Sanchez and Nicholas Morelos each scored. But that hot streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Taylorsville April 20. It was a great opportunity for the Panthers to take a commanding lead over the Warriors in the region race. Instead, they're tied up with the tiebreaker for now going to Taylorsville.
East widening the gap in Region 6
East and Highland may be at different ends of the Region 6 standings, but that doesn't make it any less of a competitive game between these rivals. East came out on top 1-0 on April 20 behind James Barker's goal. The Leopards are showing few holes in the armor this season, storming to a 5-0-0 record in Region 6 and looking like one of the top teams in the 4A classification. With top-flight defense they've allowed just six goals this season and only one in region play and timely offense, East is a team with high aspirations.
Highland running out of time
The Rams haven't missed the playoffs since 2002. Could it happen 10 years later? The Rams are floundering in Region 6, stuck at 1-4-0 after a 1-0 loss to rival East on April 20. Only four teams will make the playoffs from Region 6 this season, and Highland is tied with Clearfield for last place. Cyprus, Bountiful, Woods Cross and East are all ahead in the standings in ascending order. There is time left for the Rams to make a push, but they'll have to get the offense going.
Park City nets huge win
Most people will take note of Wasatch's 30-game winning streak coming to an end. But Park City's 1-0 win over Wasatch on April 20 means something completely different to the Miners: It tightens the Region 10 standings and proves they are among the elite teams of the 3A classification. Keenan McCall scored in the 25th minute and Wasatch lost a man shortly thereafter due to a red card and Park City sealed the win with defense. The Wasps should still win the region title, but Park City made a huge stride in playoff positioning, helping its chances at a second-place finish.
Judge Memorial's offense is waking up
Judge Memorial defeated Uintah 3-1 on April 20 to put some space between the two teams in the Region 10 standings. The Bulldogs are looking to wrap up the fourth-place playoff seed. The win was also evidence of the team's improving offense. They've now scored six goals in their last four games, which doesn't sound like much until you compare it to their four goals in their first six games. Charlie Murphy, Christian Jacobs and Trevor Bonn all scored in the win over Uintah.
Rowland Hall putting opponents in their place
If the Winged Lions expect to be considered as one of the top teams in the 2A classification, they're going to have to prove it on the field. They've been doing just that for most of the season, including five straight wins as of a 2-1 win over Waterford April 20. Emir Rahislic and Lucius Bynum each scored in the win. In those five wins, Rowland Hall outscored its opponents 22-4. It's tough to ignore that type of dominance.