OGDEN -- The defending champions had to battle hard, but they got the job done.
Both St. Joseph and Ogden opened defense of their respective state girls soccer titles on Wednesday afternoon at home.
Both were pushed but avioded the upset bug.
Defending 2-A champion St. Joseph held off Gunnison 3-1, while defending 3-A champion Ogden topped Judge Memorial 1-0.
Both will now face Saturday afternoon quarterfinal matchups.
"That was too close for what I would have liked," St. Joseph coach Alex Salvo said. "Gunnison kept pulling the offside trap and it took too long for us to adjust. We controlled the game, but we had a slow start, just like we have all season long."
A slow start cost the Jayhawks in a 4-3 loss to Waterford last week in the 2-A North tournament final.
Deija Trujillo scored in the first half on an assist from Michale Burt as the Jayhawks led 1-0 at the break.
Kate Weil gave St. Joseph the 2-0 lead, but Gunnison answered with a score to put the Jayhawks back on edge. An alignment adjustment paid off in a goal from Katie Panushka on an assist from Chloe Bokinskie.
Keeper Ali Koehler, and defenders Christiana Behnken and Mia Lobato led the defensive effort.
Today we won, but it wasn't pretty," Salvo said. "At this stage, in the state tournament, it's everything or nothing."
St. Joseph will play at Millard on Saturday.
Amer. Leadership 3, Layton Christian 0
At Spanish Fork, the games was tied at halftime but the Eagles had no answer in the second half.
Dalila Rodriguez scored a pair of goals for ALA.
Judge Memorial 0
At Mount Ogden Park, the Tigers turned to Avery Calton and Kelsey East to get the job done and advance to Saturday's quarterfinals.
After a tight, and scoreless, first half, coach Jason Steiner's squad took the lead on Calton's goal to give the home fans hope.
East and the rest of the Tigers' defense was equal to the task and sent Ogden into the next round against Cedar.
Park City 4,
At Park City, the Miners easily defeated Morgan as four different players each scored a goal. Skye Mooney had the shutout in Park City's first-round win.
Bear River 1
* WASATCH 3, BEAR RIVER 1: At Garland, the Bears suffered a surprise loss, falling behing early.
The Bears played a strong second half.
Emily Duffet, Kelli Jo Hansen, and Rebecca MaWhinney each scored for the Wasps. Marissa Hobbs scored for Bear River.
Juan Diego 3,
Ben Lomond 0
At Juan Diego, a tough first half doomed the Scots, who were unable to pull even in the second half. Melanie Mecham shut out B.L.