Boys soccer: Not much offense for Panthers, Flyers in opening losses

Pine View vs. Waterford, Boys Soccer, St. George, Utah, Mar. 10, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The spring sports season means baseball and softball, plus track, golf and of course, boys soccer. Thursday night, four of Region 9’s six teams opened the season with two of the top returning teams, Dixie and Pine View, taking losses at home. Desert Hills, meanwhile, had plenty of offense in a runaway win over Delta. Hurricane lost one against former Region 9 rival Canyon View.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s action:

Waterford 2, Pine View 1

Patrick Dowd’s penalty kick with 22:30 remaining in the second half was the difference in the Ravens slim victory over the Panthers.

pine-view-logoPine View led early, going up 1-0 on Alex Rodriguez’ goal off Anwar Schone’s assist with 24:30 left in the first half. But Waterford leveled the score on Henry Steiner’s goal off an Austin Whiteley assist with 1:40 remaining in the opening half.

Pine View missed two great opportunities in the opening moments of the second half as Michael Cardenas banged a shot off the crossbar and another shot slid just past an open goal mouth.

Pine View's  Alex Castro (30), Pine View vs. Waterford, Boys Soccer, St. George, Utah, Mar. 10, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Pine View’s Alex Castro (31), Pine View vs. Waterford, Boys Soccer, St. George, Utah, Mar. 10, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Waterford’s goalkeeper then got a save off a free kick before Pine View’s players began what eventually turned a physical game into a yellow card festival, picking up four while Waterford collected two.

Panther coach Sam Johnston said his team lost its composure and focus in the later going.

“The second half we got away from what we wanted to do,” he said. “Two-to-one isn’t great, but it opens our eyes to our weaknesses.”

Johnston praised the play of keeper Alex Castro, who had seven saves including “a lot of breakaway saves” and of midfielders Jose Gaona, Kelvin Armenta and Cardenas.

Waterford was the 2A runner-up last season.

Pine View hosts Maple Mountain at 3 p.m. Friday.

Maple Mountain 2, Dixie 0

Ian Stonehocker and Tanner Dayton each had goals and Spencer Young pitched a shutout as Maple Mountain eased past Dixie.

dixie-logo“We made two critical defensive errors,” said Dixie coach Burt Myers. “Maple Mountain is a good team and we’re a young team with a lot to learn.”

Myers praised the play of three sophomores – Jorge Bernabe, Tauri Morales and Cristian Sanchez.

Dixie hosts Alta at 4 p.m. Friday.

Desert Hills 8, Delta 0

Kanon Heaton and Hunter Spray each scored a pair of the goals as the Thunder hammered the Rabbits.

desert-hills-logo“We have 12 returning seniors and 14 varsity players with field experience,” said coach Benji Nelson. “I was pleased with our possession and scoring runs and opportunities.”

Bridger Nelson, Christian Cottle and Rocky Bunker each had a goal and an assist and Logan Callister had the goal which ended the game on the mercy rule.

DH hosts Spanish Fork Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Canyon View 3, Hurricane 1

hurricane-logocanyon-view-logoJaden Stone had a goal for the Tigers but it wasn’t enough. Daniel Velasco, Jonathan Hernandez and Jose Larios had the goals for the Falcons.

Hurricane hosts Carbon at 4 p.m. Friday.

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