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NO SURPRISES IN 3A SOCCER-TOURNEY OPENERS

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There were no surprises in the first day of 3A prep girls soccer tournament action Thursday, but there were quite a few terrific individual performances.

For example, Ben Lomond's super freshman Nicole Candilora scored three goals in her team's quarterfinal win, and Judge Memorial's Toni Ouellette scored four in Judge's quarterfinal win. But the individual superstar (and heartbreaker) was Mountain Crest goalie Michelle Carley, who turned away Ouellette and her teammates 20 times, only to see her team fall 9-1.Region 5 champion Ben Lomond was scheduled to take on Jordan at noon today, while explosive Region 6 champ Judge Memorial was to tackle defensive stalwarts Ogden at 1:45 p.m.

Ben Lomond 4, Woods Cross 1

The upstart Woods Cross team, in its first year of Region 6 action, held the Fighting Scots scoreless for the first half of their quarterfinal match, and actually held a 1-0 lead for much of the second half until Nicole Candilora raced past defenders on a long drive. The Scots' Jessica Wright followed about 10 seconds later on a deflection, and Candilora added two more insurance goals.

Jordan 3, Sky View 2, OT

The day's most exciting match was an endurance test between two very aggressive soccer teams. Sky View's Bobcats got the best of early action, as they took eight more shots on goal than the Beetdiggers to lead 2-1 at halftime.

Eventually, Jordan's quicker offense wore down the Bobcats, and Jordan's Kristy Brown sent the game into overtime with an empty-net goal. Her score off an indirect penalty kick was the game-winner.

Judge Memorial 9, Mountain Crest 1

The underdog Mountain Crest girls, in their first year of Region 5 action, actually held down the much-quicker Judge girls in the first half, though Judge held a 2-1 lead.

MC goalie Michelle Carley was nothing short of sensational, smothering 10 first-half Bulldog attempts. Eventually, the Judge team sped past the Mountain Crest defenders to score on one-on-one attempts, especially Ouellette - who tallied three second-half scores, two in quick succession.

Ogden 3, Bountiful 1

If Carley's effort was sensational, then so too was the Ogden girls' defense, as they limited the Bountiful girls to five shots-on-goal in the second half.

Ogden's Karie Hadley scored goals in both halves to pace her squad, as the Ogden team kept the ball in Bountiful's half of the field for most of the game. Tracey Bingham tallied the sole Bountiful score.