CEDAR CITY – A blustery evening in Cedar City, plus some absentee officials, made for an interesting match between two undefeated soccer teams.
Dixie improved to 6-0 in region with a 2-1 win over the Lady Reds Tuesday night at CHS.
With the wind at their backs, the Lady Flyers score two first-half goals, then held on as Cedar rallied for one second-half goal and several chances at the equalizer.
“We won, that’s the big thing,” Myers said. “Those were two very good teams out there, but being short on officials changed a lot of the strategy for us and for them. And then the wind really started to blow. It takes away from the game when you have issues like that.”
Even with the wind, Dixie couldn’t score in the first half until about the 35-minute mark. Starlee Woodbury finally broke the scoreless streak with a breakaway goal with five minutes to go until halftime. Less than three minutes later, Alexa Bernade took advantage of Cedar’s failure to clear on the defensive end by stealing the ball, turning and popping in a left-footer.
“She’s got such a high soccer IQ,” Myers said. “She understands the game and can dial up whatever foot she wants.”
Myers said he was frustrated and worried when the game went late into the first half scoreless.
“I thought, ‘Oh boy, we had the wind and didn’t get anything,” he said. “Then we got those two quick goals.”
With the teams switching ends at halftime, Cedar became the aggressor after that. The Lady Reds scored to make it 2-1 on a goal by Courtney Carpenter with 26 minutes left in the game. But the play of defenders Jessica Ogilvie and Finess White, as well as goalkeeper Liz Empey, preserved the lead.
Dixie is now 6-0 in region (7-2-1 overall) at the halfway point.
“I knew we were going to be tough this year, but 6-0 is great,” Myers said. “Both teams played hard and left their hearts out on the field. We had about the same amount of shots, we just got one more to go in than they did.”
Dixie plays at Pine View Thursday night. Cedar, 7-2-0 and 5-1-0, plays at Hurricane Thursday.
Snow Canyon 4, Desert Hills 2
Snow Canyon takes Thursday off and will host Dixie next Tuesday. Desert Hills, 3-5-2 and 1-3-2, hosts Canyon View Thursday.
Pine View 1, Canyon View 0
Kayla Hammond shutout the Falcons in the first half, then scored the game’s only goal in the second half to help the Lady Panthers improve to 6-3-1 overall and 2-3-1 in region play. Lisia Wolfgram had the other half of the shutout for PV. The Falcons fell to 3-6-1 overall and 1-4-1 in region.
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