GIRLS SOCCER: Maple's golden goal PK gets Davis past region-leading Syracuse

Tuesday , September 26, 2017 - 11:22 PM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

KAYSVILLE — Extra time hasn’t been a positive for the Davis High girls soccer team this season, but thankfully for the Darts, they had a bye last week where they could give extra attention to their fitness.

It paid off against one of the top 6-A teams in the state Tuesday.

Liv Romney drew a foul in the box during stoppage time in the first period of extra time, Alexa Maple scored on the subsequent penalty kick and Davis won 2-1, handing Syracuse just its second loss of the season.

Davis was winless in its previous three extra-time games this season, including two losses.

“We were all over them in overtime,” Davis coach Souli Phongsavath said. “I thought we got unlucky not to score earlier off of that header that was cleared off the line, and so unfortunately it had to end on a penalty kick, but I thought we made the luck that we had and the girls played well.”

Maple is no stranger to penalty kicks in big moments. She made the penalty kick in Davis’ 1-1 draw with Fremont last week. She said she envisions herself celebrating before each penalty kick.

“All the seniors here, it’s a good day to be a Dart,” Maple said.

Syracuse (12-2, 8-2 Region 1) had a chance to clinch the region title before the day’s games started, but those hopes were dashed before the Titans even took the field for the 7:30 p.m. kick on the Davis football field because Layton stunned Fremont in extra time.

Now Syracuse and Layton will play each other Thursday in a rematch of what was Syracuse’s only other loss this season. The Titans can clinch the region title by beating Layton.

Davis (7-4-1, 5-3-1) is now tied for fourth place in the region standings with Fremont, and the Darts have one more game. Because the Darts won Tuesday, they still are not mathematically eliminated from the region title picture.

“We just want to make the playoffs,” Phongsavath said. “I think we have a really good team. I think (Syracuse is) one of the best teams in the state, and if that’s the case, then we can play with anybody.”

Syracuse got on the board first thanks to Caroline Stringfellow’s 21st goal of the season. Stringfellow’s goal was also the Titans’ 60th goal this season.

Davis equalized in the 34th minute when Liv Griffin scored her first goal of the season.

Davis goalkeeper Halle Moffat made a number of crucial saves through the rest of the game to keep Syracuse from adding another score, including a double save in the 72nd minute.

“I just knew that I had to be there for my team and I couldn’t let down,” Moffat said. “It was just adrenaline.”


PLAIN CITY — Ashley Arnes booted a golden goal in the seventh minute of extra time as Layton beat Fremont in the Region 1 tussle.

Layton (8-4-1, 5-2-1 Region 1) got a goal from Corinne Case in the 60th minute off an Arnes corner kick. Sydnee Elmore scored the equalizer on an Atley Thompson assist in the 87th minute.

Fremont (6-5-3, 5-4-1) took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break thanks to goals by Ambree Gibson in the 23rd minute and Mazzie Melaney in stoppage time.


WOODS CROSS — Ella Duce tallied a hat trick as Woods Cross (8-1-4, 5-0-1 Region 5) beat Bountiful (7-6, 3-4) in a region duel.

Katie Longmore also found the back of the net for Woods Cross. Rachel Noel earned the clean sheet.

Woods Cross led 1-0 at the half.


CLEARFIELD — After a scoreless first half, Kendell Petersen notched a hat trick to lead Northridge (9-5, 6-4 Region 1) past Clearfield (1-11-1, 0-9) in the region contest.

Savanna Dyer added the other score while Maya Lewis, Devry Caperton and Sierra Sivulich all had assists.

Abbey Bush earned the Northridge shutout.


BOUNTIFUL — Sailor Uffens scored goals in each half to lead Viewmont to the Region 5 victory.

Viewmont (9-3-2, 5-2 Region 5) led 1-0 at the half.

Roy (3-9, 1-5) got a goal from freshman Kennedy Bodily.


KAMAS — Morgan scored six times in the first half on the way to the big region win at South Summit (5-5-2, 0-5).

Allison Flinton led Morgan (8-5, 6-0 Region 13) with two goals and an assist. Morgan Cragun, Rhylee Freeman and Logan Duran each had one goal and one assist. Tanah Carter, Addison Adams and Kaylee Giles scored one goal apiece. Heather Moore had two assists and Brook Grow added one.

Taylor Condie earned the shutout.


SALT LAKE CITY — Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s (10-0, 7-0 2-A North) scored 11 goals in the first half on the way to the region win over St. Joseph (4-8, 4-5).


COALVILLE — Utah Military Academy (2-5, 1-5 2-A North) took a 3-0 halftime lead on the way to their first region victory at North Summit (1-7, 1-6).

Ashley Torres, Kayli Parker, Haley Slater and Gabby Faulkner each found the back of the net for UMA. Sarah Bird earned the shutout.

Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.

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