Herriman • The Davis High School girls’ soccer team almost let a game get away earlier in the 6A state tournament.
It was the first round against American Fork. The Darts took an early lead, gave up two consecutive goals, forced overtime, and battled to a 3-2 victory. That win, the team feels, marked the turning point of the tournament.
“That was the game where we really realized we had a chance to win the whole thing,” Davis junior Kayla Wade said.
And then they went and did it.
The Darts beat Farmington High School 1-0 and took the 6A state title on Friday at Zions Bank Stadium. It’s the second state title in the last three years for Davis, which won in 2020.
Wade provided the Darts their lone goal in the 28th minute. She scored a header off a corner kick from sophomore Brooklyn Phongsavath.
Darts coach Soulivanh Phongsavath said he considered the 2022 title the team’s most “unexpected.” The team lost some games early in the season and dealt with a rash of injuries. That’s why the game American Fork stands out so much in his mind.
“It’s just been through sheer heart and grit to be able to get this,” Soulivanh Phongsavath said.
Davis now has six state titles in its history. That’s tied with Rowland Hall and Brighton.
Wade said with the team’s youth, the players were talented, but “a bit unsure” of themselves. That’s why, in her mind, the title could be considered unexpected.
Wade beamed with pride after the game and said the reason her team was able to win the championship is because the girls love and play for each other.
“I’ve never felt better in my whole life,” Wade said. “Serious.”
The Skyline Eagles won their third state title in four years behind two key saves from senior keeper Grace Kinghorn in a 0-0 (4-2) penalty shootout victory over the Bountiful Redhawks.
“There’s nothing really that a keeper can do,” Kinghorn said. “Usually you just kind of guess and you go with it. And I guessed right.”
Kinghorn saved the first two penalty attempts from Bountiful’s Chloe Pickett and Belle Sorensen. Skyline made all four of their attempts, scored by Lily Hall, Jenna Nichols, Ella Hall and Clara Love.
Bountiful’s two penalty goals came from Caroline Hellewell and Hayley Smith.
Skyline won the 5A state championship in 2019 and 2021, when the team went undefeated. It also won in 2015 and 2001. This year’s title gives the program five overall, tying it with Davis and Park City high schools.
After losing three region games early in the season, Eagles coach Yamil Castillo said the team itself had lost some belief that it could contend for a state title. But it was the girls’ resiliency that helped them power through.
“We kept the composure, and hard work pays off,” Castillo said.
• 4A: Mountain Crest vs. Snow Canyon, 11 a.m.
• 2A: St. Joseph vs. Rowland Hall, 2 p.m.
• 3A: Real Salt Lake Academy vs. Ogden, 5 p.m.
All games Saturday at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman.