Dixie routs Warriors, inches closer to No. 2 spot

ST. GEORGE — Dixie may not hold the best record in Region 9, but the Flyers are really playing well heading into playoffs.

The Flyers proved as much by defeating first-place Snow Canyon 3-0 Tuesday night in a game that was equal parts enthralling and brutal.

“It was definitely a physical game,” Dixie middle defender Cheyenne Lawrence said. “But that goes with the rivalry. We know those girls and they know us.”

Each team felt its fair share of pain during the contest, including Snow Canyon’s Callie Stewart, who injured her leg during a hard collision with Dixie keeper Whitney Stephens.

“The game was probably really intense because there weren’t a lot of calls being made,” Lawrence said. “It was still a good game.”

The Warriors entered the contest having already secured the No. 1 seed in Region 9. Even so, Coach Ken Kunde was eager to keep the momentum going heading into the postseason.

“We didn’t have a good practice (Monday),” he said. “There was a lot of levity and a lot of winning region talk. We’ve told them all season that champions can’t take days off. A champion has to work hard every day.”

On Tuesday night, it was the Flyers who held onto that mantra.

Aubri Challis helped establish solid momentum by scoring early in the first half.

The Warriors tried to respond but had difficulty on the offensive side of the ball. They picked up their physicality, but Dixie never backed down.

“Snow Canyon got good looks,” Flyers coach Burt Myers said. “Some of those shots just went a little too high. If they put them a little lower, we could have easily seen a 3-3 ball game.”

But the Warriors never got going. Instead, the Flyers took advantage in the second half and scored twice in a five-minute span.

The first goal came courtesy of Cassidy Gray, who took a pass from Challis near the 15-yard line and scooped the ball into the net.

Later, with 15-minutes left in the game, Fabiana Stratton leapt into the air and connected with the ball for her third goal of the year.

“We came out hard tonight,” Lawrence said. “We were ready to win.”

The Flyers aren’t out of the trenches just yet, however. One more game remains on the schedule – a bout against Canyon View on the road. Should Dixie win that contest it will finish the year as the No. 2 team in Region 9, thanks to a recent victory over Cedar that granted the Flyers a tiebreaker.

“I’m super proud of my girls,” Myers said. “We had a tough time during the first part of the season, but we rebounded. We re-goaled ourselves and worked hard to get here.”

The Warriors played without stars Jaydn Losee and Autumn Shipp, both of whom sat out due to injuries.

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