ROY -- Getting out on the soccer pitch was more important for the Roy Royals and Syracuse Titans than battling a stiff wind or playing through the snow flurries on Tuesday afternoon.
The Royals posted a 5-0 win, breaking open a 1-0 halftime lead with a goal-scoring burst at Roy West Park.
Several games along the Wasatch Front were postponed or shortened due to the incoming storm, but most soccer squads were able to get in their season openers.
"It was a slow first half, it took awhile to get going," Roy coach Glen Puckrin said. "We felt more comfortable with our possession in the second half."
"It was pretty good for a first preseason game," he said.
Michael Ropelato scored a hat trick for Roy, looking to build momentum in its first season back in Region 5.
Noah Jorgensen and Gerardo Gil added goals for the 1-0 Royals, while Brendon Hill and Kaden Brinkerhoff shared the shutout in goal.
Ropelato will work with Damian Dibble and Brock Charlesworth in the front this season.
Both teams had quality scoring opportunities in the first half.
Roy expects to ride its strong defense this season, and hope to build its offensive attack as the season wears on.
A five-goal outburst certainly points to a successful game plan. Roy hosts Morgan today.
St. Joseph 4, Morgan 1
At Ogden, the Jayhawks revved things up over the final 20 minutes to dispatch th hard-working Trojans.
"We played a solid game all the way through, but after Morgan tied us, I think it woke us up," St. Joseph coach Derek Tate said. "We're young and still figuring things out."
David Donlevy scored in the first half for the Jayhawks' 1-0 edge, but Morgan's Josh Holman scored to knot things up.
From there, Adam Brodstein scored a pair and Conner Letendre added a goal for St. Joseph, while goalkeeper Mitch Kohler and the defense shut down Morgan the rest of the way.
Davis 5, Bountiful 0
At Bountiful, the Region 1 power Darts look ready to score plenty of goals with an outburst against their South Davis County rivals.
John Taylor netted the hat trick, as Davis scored all their tallies in the second half.
Braden Johnson and Mitch Parkinson also scored for the Darts, who play East on Friday.
* LAYTON 1, LONE PEAK 0 (OT): At Layton, after a scoreless regulation, the Lancers picked up the win thanks to a goal by Fito Ovalle.
* LOGAN 3, OGDEN 1: At Logan, the teams decided to forge ahead despite the poor weather, but it was the Grizzlies' Benji Bonilla that played his way to a hat trick for the home team.
Ogden's Alexis Alcaraz scored for Ogden in a game played in 2-3 inches of snow.
"But they had the same weather conditions that we did," Ogden coach Sterling Castle said. "We were glad to finally get a game in."
* HUNTER 1, CLEARFIELD 0: At Clearfield, a defensive miscue cost the Falcons in their home opener.
* BEAR RIVER 2, SKY VIEW 2: At Smithfield, the game was called in the 57th minute due to poor weather conditions.
Cole Rayfield and Justin Ross both scored for Sky View. No other details were reported.
In another game, Woods Cross shut out Copper Hills by a 3-0 score.
* MORGAN 6, ROY 2 (4 1/2 INNINGS): At Roy, the Trojans led despite being outhit 6-2 when the game was called due to bad weather.
No other details were reported. In another baseball game, Stansbury topped Woods Cross 6-1.
* COPPER HILLS 11, FREMONT 9 (4 1/2 INNINGS): At West Jordan, the Grizzlies rallied from a 6-3 deficit with an eight-run fourth inning and overcame five errors.
Dusty Kimber and Maisie Hobbs each smacked a home run for the Silver Wolves (0-1 overall).
* SYRACUSE 10, TAYLORSVILLE 10 (TIE, SIX INNINGS): At Taylorsville, the Titans scored five sixth-inning runs in a game called due to inclement weather.
Bailley Carter homered, Brittany Vasquez drilled two doubles and Taylor Tann also doubled for Syracuse (0-0-1).
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