Soccer recap: Warriors win again, look ahead to battle with Cedar

ST. GEORGE — The Snow Canyon Warriors trumped the Pine View Panthers for the second time this season Thursday evening. Meghan McKenna and Callie Stewart each had a goal and helped lead their team to a 2-1 victory.

“Pine View played better than they did the last time we played them,” Snow Canyon coach Ken Kunde said.

The Panthers were looking to continue their streak, which included two wins and two ties against Region 9’s finest. PV beat  first-place Cedar 1-0 on September 6.

Unfortunately, the game didn’t go their way on Thursday.

Pine View tied the game 1-1 with minutes remaining in the first half, thanks to Janzen Morgan’s goal, but couldn’t stop Callie Stewart from scoring early in the second period.

The Panthers region record now stands at 2-2-3.

On the other hand, the Warriors are winners of four straight and nine overall on the year. In fact, their only loss came against Cedar back in August.

“We played well tonight,” Kunde said. “I think we’re starting to figure things out as a team. We had lots of shots on the goal and were probably sitting in double-digits on corner kicks. I’m very happy with how the girls are playing right now.”

The win sets up a potential thriller next Thursday when Cedar travels to Snow Canyon for a game that could ultimately decide the region champion.

“We feel pretty good about playing them on our home field,” Kunde said. He also mentioned how his team still feels the sting of tying with the Reds last season in a similar situation, the results of which cost them home field advantage heading into the playoffs. “Cedar’s a big one. We have to be ready.”

The Warriors sit atop Region 9 with a 6-1 record and next face Canyon View on Tuesday.

Cedar remains close behind at 5-1-1 after defeating Canyon View.

Elsewhere, Dixie emerged victorious over Hurricane. Cassidy Gray scored the game’s lone goal and helped give the Flyers their first win in five games.

“Finally,” Dixie coach Burt Myers said. “It’s been frustrating because we feel like we’ve played well, but just haven’t been winning. It’s nice to have our hard work pay off.”

The Flyers are now 1-2-3 in region with six games remaining on their schedule, including a postponed match-up against Canyon View Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

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