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Cottonwood's Abby Hunt (right) tries to steal the ball from Taylorsville's Suzanne Young.

Cottonwood’s Abby Hunt (right) tries to steal the ball from Taylorsville’s Suzanne Young.

Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News

A win is a win. On the way to winning a championship, not every victory can be like a picture book. Sometimes it is necessary to to get a scrappy, gritty, hanging by the skin of your teeth win. Cottonwood got one Thursday afternoon. The Colts came from behind against Taylorsville for a 2-1 victory.

"It was an ugly game. It was not what you like to see, but we'll take it," said Cottonwood coach Amanda Bollinger. She continued, "I tried to tell the girls that when you go through the region undefeated the first time, everyone is gunning for you. You are going to get everyone's best effort, and I hope this was a good wake up call for us."

Taylorsville did give its best effort. The Warriors came out trying to dictate play. They were aggressive to the ball and pressed forward at every opportunity. Both teams played an incredibly physical style of soccer. Aiding to the rough nature of the game was the fact that there was only a two-man referee crew instead of three. The officials would end up having a decision in every goal.

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After a back and forth first half, it took until the 38th minute for Taylorsville to strike. Cottonwood's keeper made a mistake as she grabbed the ball and was falling out over the end line. Not wanting to give Taylorsville a corner kick, she dropped the ball still in play. She came back in and picked up the ball. The referee called an indirect free-kick on the spot. The Warriors ran a nice back heel pass to Jaime Hansen who looped the ball over the keeper and off the back post and into the net.

The second half was dominated by Cottonwood. The Colts' skill players took over control and relentlessly pressured the Taylorsville goal. Led by Lindsay Lauro, Marli Martin, Abby Hunt and Megan Ohai the Colts created several quality chances. The only problem was they weren't able to finish. However, the constant pressure paid off when Taylorsville lost its cool. Lexi Jones fouled Lindsay Lauro in the penalty box and pushed her again after the foul. That was enough to draw a penalty kick and a red card. Marli Martin put the kick in the bottom right corner. The Colts had a one woman advantage and all the momentum.

In the 61st minute the Colts' again were awarded a penalty kick after a Taylorsville hand ball. Lindsay Lauro capitalized on the ensuing free-kick, and Cottonwood, with its stout defense, had all the goals it would need. " I thought our sweeper (Vanessa Vonderharr) had a tremendous game. It was the best game I have seen her play this season," said Bollinger. Vonderharr and the rest of the Colts' defense easily cleared any remaining attacks the Warriors could mount.

The Colts were able to squeak by in this one, but Bollinger feels they had plenty in which they could have improved.

"We need to work at playing together as a team more. We had too much dribbling and not enough passing going on. If we want to win the region and prepare for state, we are going to have to change that."


NORTHRIDGE 2, CLEARFIELD 0: Northridge pulled out of a five game slump to beat Clearfield scoring both goals in the last period.

DAVIS 4, WEBER 0:MeganRichins scored a goal in each half as the Darts kept control of Region 1 with their victory over the Warriors. Goalie KimPaget preserved the shutout.

VIEWMONT 1, FREMONT 0:ElaineConnelly scored the lone goal in the second half to beat Fremont. EmaleeRogers earned the shutout as goal keeper.


BRIGHTON 3, HILLCREST 1: The Bengals scored two goals in the second half to beat the Huskies in a solid victory. JulieAlexander, BrooklynPhillips, and NatalieNate each had a goal for Brighton.

JORDAN 7, COPPER HILLS 0: The Beetdiggers spread the scoring utilizing six different scorers to shutout the Grizzlies. HollyDavis and CindyWolsey split time hosting the shutout in goal.

ALTA 5, BINGHAM 1:CandaceGagon recorded the hat trick, and KatieFellows had a goal and an assist. The number one-ranked Hawks kept their undefeated season alive with their convincing performance over the Miners.

RIVERTON 0, WEST JORDAN 0 (2OT): Riverton and West Jordan couldn't find the back of the net in their 0-0 tie. HeatherGodfrey and AshleyJack earned the shutouts for the Silverwolves and Jaguars respectively.


HUNTER 9, GRANGER 0:RaishaSweigart and HeidiJorgenson both earned a hat trick for themselves as the Wolverines blank the Lancers. JodieJex held Granger scoreless as goalkeeper.

SKYLINE 11, KEARNS 0: The Eagles traveled to Kearns to easily beat the Cougars in a decisive shutout. McCallSmith earned the shutout as goalkeeper.

COTTONWOOD 2, TAYLORSVILLE 1: The fifth-ranked Colts were able to keep their perfect region record intact thanks to two penalty-kick goals. The kicks were taken by MarliMartin and LindsayLauro.


ROY 7, BOX ELDER 1:TauniHuddleston earned the hat trick as Roy defends home field beating Box Elder solidly.

SKY VIEW 3, LOGAN 0: Sky View records it's second win in Region 4 against an overmatched Logan squad. JamilinAnderson recorded the shutout for the Bobcats.

MOUNTAIN CREST 3, BONNEVILLE 2: Mountain Crest narrowly escaped with a win over Bonneville behind KimCrosbie's two goals and MeganDunkley's game-winning goal.


WOODS CROSS 8, CYPRUS 0: The Wildcats blew out the Pirates on goals from KimlyAnderson, KassidyChristensen, AbbyRobinson, BrookePeterson, VanessaArgyle, AngieMayo and CienahMiller. HaleyAnderson got the shutout in goal.

BOUNTIFUL 3, HIGHLAND 0: Bountiful cruised to a shutout victory over Highland behind three different goal scorers and KellyAllred's goalkeeping.

EAST 1, MURRAY 1 (2OT): East and Murray played to a 1-1 double overtime stalemate in Region 5 play. BeckyBunnell and TinaWillardson each scored for the Leopards and Spartans respectively.

OLYMPUS 1, WEST 0:JennyLatham assisted AudreyBooth on the lone goal scored for the Titans in a narrow win over West. Olympus improves to 7-3 in region play.


SPRINGVILLE 4, PAYSON 2:JamieHatfield scored a hat trick to spark the Red Devils in a come from behind victory over the Lions. McCayeTobler scored the other goal for Springville while KiraLazenby scored twice in a losing effort.

AMERICAN FORK 4, SPANISH FORK 0:AdrienneSchnieder highlighted American Fork's performance by adding her own three goal performance as the Dons cruised to the victory. AmandaWilliard earned the shutout in goal.

TIMPVIEW 8, PROVO 0: Timpview spread scoring over six different players to down a overmatched Provo team. LindseyFreeze and WhitneyErnst handled goalkeeping duties during the shutout.


TIMPANOGOS 4, OREM 0: Timpanogos remains unbeaten in Region 7 play as they blank the Tigers yesterday. SuttonCherrington earned the shutout as goalie.

MOUNTAIN VIEW 4, LONE PEAK 2: Mountain View jumped out to an early lead and then coasted to an easy Region 7 win over Lone Peak.


LEHI 10, NORTH SANPETE 3:BeckyPulham added three of her own to complete the hat trick to down North Sanpete in region play.

GRAND 2, CARBON 1:LupitaBentley and MeganKnight each scored once as Grand scored the Region 8 win over the Dinos.


CANYON VIEW 1, CEDAR 0 (2OT):DonielleMucci scored her 16th goal of the year to beat a tough Cedar squad in double overtime. RachelGentry held Cedar scoreless all day.

PINE VIEW 2, HURRICANE 1: Pine View scored two as they bounce back from a one goal deficit at half. LindsayFlake and StariDias each scored one for Pine View.

DIXIE 2, SNOW CANYON 1 (2OT): Dixie's ErinMcClean put in the winning goal with four seconds left in the second overtime to wrap up a win over Snow Canyon.


WASATCH 7, UNION 0:StevieNorth had a fine defensive performance and AshlianneBurton had a hat trick in the first half as the Wasps dominated in Region 10 play.

JUDGE MEMORIAL 4, UINTAH 0: Judge scored three in the first half on the way to its eighth shutout this season beating Uintah handily Thursday. DanielleGriffin earned the shutout as goalkeeper.

PARK CITY 10, GRANITE 0:StevieThurin scored a hat trick as the Miners solidly defeat Granite in a shutout. AlexaWilkinson stepped in to earn her first shutout as goalkeeper.


MORGAN 1, TOOELE 0:KarenLong contolled the middle of the field and Haillee Thurston scored the game's lone goal. HillarieWaller got the shutout for the Trojans.


ROWLAND HALL 7, ST. JOSEPH 0:SarahHall, JennieVanWagner, and LizElliot accounted for five of the Winged Lion's goals in a shutout of St. Joesph. Megan Jones earned the shutout as netkeeper.

WATERFORD 13, SOUTH SUMMIT 0: Waterford crushed South Summit in a Region 14 matchup that saw NicoleTaylor score four goals for the Ravens.

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