Every fall across the state of Utah, girls soccer teams battle for the right to advance to the state tournament.
Regions are won and lost and playoff seeds earned as teams attempt to set themselves up for a deep and successful a postseason run as possible.
This year, like every year, has been no different and starting Tuesday, Oct. 9, all of the work will be put to the test as the state tournament kicks off at high schools across the state.
Here is a look at who the titles favorites are in each respective classification.
Boasting an overall record of 15-1-0, and an 11-1 mark in Region 4, the defending state champion American Fork Cavemen stand, on paper at least, as the prohibitive favorites to win the 6A state title.
After all, American Fork returned more than a few vital players from last season’s championship run, including the Deseret News’ 2017 Ms. Soccer Jamie Shepherd, Rachel McCarthy, Addie Holmstead and Haven Empey, and are ranked among the best teams in the country.
TopDrawerSoccer has American Fork rated as the 34th best team in the nation, USA Today has them slated as the eighth best in Region IV, which includes the states of California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Washington, and MaxPreps has them as the 14th best in America.
Simply put, they look the part of a champion.
“I feel like we are better than we have been all season.”
American Fork coach Derek Dunn
And yet, despite their immaculate record, things haven’t gone all that smoothly this season for the Cavemen.
“We have had some ups and downs this season, on and off the field. It was kind of rough to be honest,” American Fork head coach Derek Dunn said. “Being at the top isn’t as easy as everyone thinks …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News