Sandy • Since Juan Diego entered the Class 3A boys soccer playoffs with 52 goals over the course of the season, and Thursday’s first-round opponent, Richfield, had scored only nine, the writing was kinda on the wall.
And, sure enough, the Soaring Eagle cruised to a home win by pounding the Wildcats 12-0.
» Uintah 5, Carbon 1
» Pine View 7, Grantsville 0
» Cedar City 1, Stansbury 0
» Park City 5, North Sanpete 0
» Dixie 3, Bear River 1
» Payson 2, Morgan 1
» Juan Diego 12, Richfield 0
» Snow Canyon 2, Ben Lomond 1
3A boys’ schedule
All games Saturday, 1 p.m.
» Uintah at Pine View
» Cedar City at Park City
» Dixie at Payson
» Snow Canyon at Juan Diego
2A boys’ schedule
All games Saturday, 1 p.m.
» Wasatch Academy at Parowan
» Rowland Hall at American Leadership Academy
» St. Joseph at Delta
» Merit Academy at Waterford
Utah high school rules mandate that a soccer game end, via the mercy rule, when one team has an eight-goal lead ten minutes into the second half. Juan Diego (13-3) got to that mark 22 minutes into the first half when junior Christian Jouvin scored his second goal to push the score to 8-0.
"We didn’t know a whole lot about them coming in, but we just wanted to play our style," Eagles coach Scott Platz said. "We wanted to see if we could finish early on and those things seemed to work out for us."
In fact, Juan Diego registered its first two goals in the first 30 seconds of the game as senior Andrew Montoya and sophomore Brandon Sands each found the net. Montoya then scored twice more before eight minutes had elapsed as the Eagles stretched out its lead to 4-0.
Juan Diego was the regular season champ in Region 10 while Richfield finished fourth in Region 12. Four teams from each region automatically qualify for the playoffs.
"I know there’s strong teams and weak teams everywhere and that one region down south has seven teams — they have three teams that won’t make the playoffs while everyone else has one," Platz said. "I wouldn’t have a problem with some sort of power ranking and seeding system either. But this is the system that they do and it’s predetermined before the season begins."
With the win, Juan Diego moves into the quarterfinal round Saturday.
Richfield finishes with a 2-12-1 record and will also lose head coach Paul Foster as he’s accepted a job in Gillette, Wyoming to manage an events center.
The Soaring Eagle "play year-round and have access to a lot of soccer that we don’t have," Foster said. "We’re doing some things with the rural schools, so we can keep playing in the summer. That’s where the difference is.
"A lot of our kids play multiple sports," he added. "We’re getting there, although soccer isn’t necessarily everyone’s first choice right now."
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