CLEARFIELD – The pressure of the situation wasn’t lost on Clearfield junior Brinley Adams as she collected a cross from fellow junior Emma Love in the 79th minute of her team’s Region 6 opener against Woods Cross Tuesday.
With all the composure one would expect from a player on a team with the lofty expectations Clearfield has this season, though, Adams calmly stuck the ball in the net – giving Clearfield the only goal it would need to earn the victory.
“I thought… this is my last chance. I have to make it go in or I’ll let my team down,” said Adams, who has scored in each of her team’s three games so far this season. “How good the defense was doing, I felt like I needed to help them out by scoring because I thought that they did such a good job defending.”
Tuesday’s result marked the second straight game where the Falcons won with a goal in the final five minutes of the second half. Clearfield defeated Syracuse 3-2 last Thursday with a late goal from senior Carissa Carbine.
Clearfield’s defense came up huge all afternoon Tuesday – thwarting a number of seemingly golden Woods Cross scoring opportunities.
Junior Haley Stafford had a pair of breakaways that led to one-on-ones with Clearfield junior goalkeeper McKenna Sill early in the second half, but came up empty both times – hitting the right post on the first shot and being stopped by Sill before even getting off the second.
Sill also had a crucial stop in the 23rd minute, coming out to disrupt Kyra Fawcett on a dangerous one-on-one.
“Our defense played the game of their lives,” Clearfield coach Lauren Clifford said. “Our keeper – you saw all those breakaways she stopped. Even coming out on that one that they hit the post – her coming out freaks them out, cuts off their angles, so our defense just holding them gave us momentum going forward.”
A scary moment occurred in the 16th minute when Clearfield sophomore Tessa Fiet and freshman teammate Baylie Christensen smacked heads. Christensen walked off with a minor cut to her forehead above her nose, but Fiet stayed down – eventually having to be taken to Davis Hospital with a severe gash to the top of her head.
Fiet received 10 staples, but concussion tests came back negative. According to Clifford, she’ll be cleared to play next week.
SNOW CANYON 3, ROY 1 (SATURDAY): At St. George, Snow Canyon led 1-0 at halftime and went on to defeat Roy 3-1 Saturday.
Amber Bischoff scored Roy’s lone goal.
LONE PEAK 1, DAVIS 0: At Highland, Lone Peak scored in the 30th minute and made sure the goal held up, edging Davis 1-0 Tuesday to hand the Darts their first loss of the season.
Davis opened the season with back-to-back wins against Logan and Sky View.
SYRACUSE 7, BEN LOMOND 1: At Syracuse, Kylie Harris scored twice and six different Syracuse players found the back of the net as Syracuse thumped Ben Lomond 7-1 for the Titans’ first win of the season Tuesday.
“Our main goal was to keep possession and not force something, and we did a real good job of that today,” Syracuse coach Todd Schwartz said.
Alyssa Perry, Lexi Kendall, Nicole Kimber, Myka Bouwhuis and Kylie Johnson all added goals for Syracuse.
Baylee Roche scored for Ben Lomond.
NORTHRIDGE 3, BOX ELDER 0: At Layton, Maddie Wilkes and Kendall Petersen each scored first-half goals and Northridge blanked Box Elder 3-0 Tuesday.
Tawnie Fitzgerald added Northridge’s third goal while Josie Manwill collected the shutout.
BRIGHTON 2, FREMONT 1: At Cottonwood Heights, Brighton scored in the first overtime and overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat Fremont 2-1 Tuesday.
Kassidy Gibson gave the Silver Wolves a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Brighton equalized before halftime.
“We shouldn’t have even gone into overtime and I think the other coach would agree,” Fremont coach Tiva Palmer said.
Despite the result, Palmer thought her team showed improvement from last week’s 5-0 loss to American Fork.
“They played 20 times better… they played with more heart, more intensity,” Palmer said.
VIEWMONT 2, HILLCREST 0: At Bountiful, Sailer Uffens and Karrie Pead each scored and Viewmont silenced Hillcrest 2-0 Tuesday.
Rachel Pitt earned the shutout.
“We continue to get better,” Viewmont coach Spencer Keddington said. “Hillcrest – they give a lot of effort and they play hard and we were able to match that at times.”
Viewmont led 1-0 at halftime.
ROY 3, MORGAN 2: At Morgan, two goals in the final 15 minutes weren’t enough Tuesday for Morgan, which fell 3-2 to Roy.
Rhyan Tafoya scored twice for Roy with Katie Stimpson adding another goal.
Kazarie Kephart scored each of Morgan’s goals and already has five goals in just three games.
“A lot has to do with her speed and her strength and from that she creates opportunities,” Morgan coach Bryan Searle said. “When she gets the opportunities to finish, she’s finishing.”
BONNEVILLE 3, JUAN DIEGO 0: At Draper, Bailee Wooden scored a pair of second-half goals and Bonneville knocked off Juan Diego 3-0 Tuesday.
Juan Diego had previously battled to draws with a pair of 5-A schools – Fremont and Viewmont, although the draw against Fremont ended at halftime.
“We possessed really well and then we were just being really aggressive defensively,” Bonneville coach Rob McDaniel said. “As soon as someone got the ball, we were collapsing on them defensively.”
Hannah Shore scored to give Bonneville a 1-0 lead in the first half.
Sydney Christensen and Kyra McDowell split the shutout.
LAYTON 5, WEST 0: At Layton, Layton jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead and went on to blast West 5-0 Tuesday.
Livia Borges, Hailey Graham, Haylee Elmore, Elizabeth Healey and Hali Lynn each netted goals for the Lancers, who have scored 10 goals in their last two games.
Alanna Anderson earned the shutout.
“I think their whole attitude has improved (since the first game of the season),” Layton coach Rick Talamantez said. “They had a good attitude, but they’ve got a lot of confidence riding with them right now. Coming off last year, which was a rough season, these girls are positive. They like each other, they’re working for each other and putting in all the work that comes with it.”
BOUNTIFUL 6, KEARNS 0: At Bountiful, Bountiful exploded for five second-half goals to thrash Kearns 6-0 Tuesday.
Summer Ashby and Alise King each scored a pair of goals for Bountiful with Rachel Woodmansee and Cierra Martin each adding one.
Victoria Thompson earned the shutout.
BEAR RIVER 8, UINTAH 2: At Garland, Whitney Wilcox secured a hat trick, Kaziah Stoof and Sadie Croney also added a pair of goals and Bear River jumped on Uintah 8-2 Tuesday.
Taya Huggins also added a goal for Bear River, which scored six goals in the second half.
WEBER 0, MOUNTAIN CREST 0 (2 OT): At Hyrum, Weber and Mountain Crest battled to a 0-0 double-overtime draw Tuesday.
Nikki Pitman earned the shutout for Weber.
“Really tough, physical team – especially coming from a hard game last night against Skyline,” Weber coach Felipe Diaz said. “I feel we were not recovered. We couldn’t bring our best on the field.”
WEBER 3, BOX ELDER 2: At Brigham City, Chase Doughty recorded 20 kills and Weber won in five sets after losing the first two, defeating Box Elder 17-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-9 Tuesday.
“We switched up our rotation and I think that made a big difference,” Weber coach Melanie Harris said.
Holly Stocker had 10 kills and sophomore Lindsey Edmunds added seven, along with four solo blocks. Doughty tallied a pair of solo blocks.
Hannah Erickson finished with 16 digs and Sarah Harris totaled 51 assists.
DAVIS 3, BRIGHTON 0: At Kaysville, Abbie Darling had nine kills and Kenzie Nicol tallied 30 assists as Davis defeated Brighton in straight sets 25-18, 25-13, 26-24 Tuesday.
Darling also had 16 digs and two blocks, while Nicol had four blocks and six digs. Aubrey Louder contributed with seven kills, two digs and two blocks for the Darts.
LAYTON 3, UINTAH 0: At Layton, Layton opened its season with a three-game sweep of Uintah Tuesday.
Layton won 25-20, 25-18, 27-25.