Pine View (6-1-1) and Snow Canyon met for the last time in regular season Tuesday night at Panther Stadium, and the Panthers prevailed 2-0 over the Warriors.
The teams spent the first 40 minutes testing each other’s defenses, exchanging ball possessions, and peppering the goalies with no success.
Pine View coach Sam Johnston said of the first half, “I think it [first half] was kind of a wash.”
After battling to a 0-0 first half tie, the teams took the field, and would see who could make coaches’ halftime adjustments and messages happen.
It did not take much more than a minute when Pine View junior Taylor Wade found the back of the net ending the scoreless contest.
A Pine View corner kick paid dividends after Kali Stubbs received the in-pass and deferred to a teammate.
“Kali tapped it to me and I just hit it in,” Wade said.
It was exactly what the Pine View coach had asked from his team.
“Coach talked about picking up the pressure,” Wade said.
Coach Johnston’s plan materialized.
“We put Taylor in there, pushing on the goalie a little bit, just getting in the way and she was in the right place at the right time and she was able to get it by,” Johnston said. “It was huge.”
Six minutes later, the Panthers made pressure play work again. Stubbs sent a sailing ball to the top left of the Warriors’ goalie box from 20 yards out making the score Pine View 2-0.
Stubbs’ goal stood out to Snow Canyon coach Kenny Kunde.
“I haven’t seen a goal that great in a long time,” Kunde said. “That was an amazing turn and shot, you can’t take anything away from that awesome shot.”
Pine View’s Tayosha Turek completed the win with her shutout performance at the keeper position.
Turek faced many quality shots from the Warriors’ offense, but she held up and kept the goose egg on the scoreboard.
“Tonight it was either feast or famine for her,” Johnston said. “She had to make some saves under pressure at times.
“She’s kind of come into her own this season. She’s growing up, to the point where she has some confidence.”
Though Snow Canyon lost, coach Kunde was not displeased with his team’s loss.
“I’m happy that we are creating scoring opportunities,” Kunde said. “Now all we have to do is get that mentality to finish them, like Kali did on that shot of hers.
“Good battle, we’re fine, good win for Pine View. Hopefully we use this to fuel us for Thursday’s game.”
IN OTHER REGION 9 GAMES:
The Dixie Flyers won 2-1 over the Hurricane Tigers.
“I feel better tonight,” Dixie coach Burt Myers said after his Flyers’ girls broke the negative trend of a three-game losing streak.
Dixie scored first when Kenzie Cox registered her 5th goal of the season. Hurricane’s Lynne Taylor answered five minutes later tying the score, which held to the 1-1 halftime score.
Halfway through the second half, Cox put another goal in for the Flyers and the score held.
REGION 9 GIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS
Pine View 6-1-1 (6-4-1 overall)
Cedar 5-1-1 (7-3-1)
Snow Canyon 5-2-1 (7-3-1)
Dixie 4-3-1 (8-3-1)
Desert Hills 3-3-1 (5-5-1)
Hurricane 1-6-1 (4-6-1)
Canyon View 0-8 (2-10)
REGION 9 GIRLS GOAL SCORING LEADERS
10 G Berkley Bundy (Desert Hills), Kali Stubbs (Pine View)
8 G Carly Stratton(Hurricane)
7 G Ashlee Braun(Canyon View), Aubri Challis(Dixie), Lynne Taylor(Hurricane)
6G Tirsa Snyder(Snow Canyon), Kenzie Cox(Dixie)
5G Katie Lawely(Canyon View), Brindley Oldroyd(Cedar), Makayla Warby(Cedar), Callie Stewart(Snow Canyon)
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