OGDEN -- A pair of girls soccer teams battle Monday. In some ways, the Bees and Jayhawks have been battling all season long.
Box Elder used a pair of goals from Paige Stevens and a shutout effort from Lizzy Durrans to earn a 3-0 victory over St. Joseph in the non-league battle at Lew Joseph Field.
The Bees lost their starting goalkeeper for the season, and have several other players on the mend, but controlled the scoreboard on Monday.
"It was a good game for us," Box Elder forward Sydney Uyematsu said. "We're making good progress.
Beth Davies had the other goal for coach Ryan Stevens' squad.
The Bees are 4-6-0 on the season, 2-4-0 in Region 5 play.
For the proud Jayhawks, the loss dropped them to 1-5-1 on the season, 0-2-0 in 2-A North standings going into today's battle with Layton Christian Academy.
"Box Elder comes from a strong region, and we expected this kind of effort from them," St. Joseph coach Alex Salvo said. "A soccer match can be even, but the ones who put the ball in the back of the net get the win."
The Jayhawks are struggling with player numbers, down to 15 players. The challenges are compounded by injuries and nearly half the roster playing another sport (tennis or cross country) at the same time.
"This is the same game where we have had everyone healthy, and we really have been unable to practice together," Salvo said. "It's always a challenge at St. Joseph, but especially this year.
"A team usually tries to be playing its best season by midseason. We'll try to be ready when the region and state tournaments come around."