DRAPER — With Juan Diego's 9-0 win over North Sanpete Thursday afternoon, the Soaring Eagle moved to a perfect 7-0 in Region 8 and are rolling through the competition. Without being seriously challenged for a region title, the question is, just how good is this team?
"I think we match up with the top five teams (in the 3A classification) pretty well," said coach Jamie Schock. "We haven't really been tested in the region, but in the preseason, I think we presented ourselves pretty well."
This game was pretty consistent with how the team has blown through the region. In the first minute, Lexi Phillips fed a through-ball to Kara Vitacca who went in on the keeper one-on-one. She slipped the ball by the rushing goalie to the empty net and an early lead.
Ten minutes later, it was Phillips who dribbled through the defense and fired a shot from inside the penalty area to the corner of the goal. The scoring onslaught continued as the Soaring Eagle got another goal from Kara Vitacca, and then first-half goals from Catherine Turnerdrown, Lindsey Padjen and Heidi Laabs-Johnson for a 6-0 lead.
With that comfortable lead, Juan Diego knew the game was in hand, but there still were valuable lessons to be learned.
"We really tried to work on our pattern of play and our discipline," said Schock. "It is hard to stay disciplined in games like this, so this is a good test to see if we still make good decisions all the way through the game."
Juan Diego did stay focused and stuck to the team's game plan. The Soaring Eagle play their home games on the field-turf in the stadium. The field plays fast and true. Because of the surface, a premium is put on direct passes to the feet of players, and balls sent through to the forwards must be on a diagonal or sent with a deft touch.
"We try to play a passing style to the wings," said Schock. "We know that you have to have short, direct passes. Long balls don't work on this field, you have to have control."
It did not take long for Kara Vitacca to make sure that Juan Diego maintained control in the second half. Just four minutes after it began, she scored her hat trick after centering a corner kick that bent toward the net and in. Sister Taryn Vitacca scored in the 72nd minute after a flip-throw-in from Amy Garbrecht set the ball up in the middle, and Jenna Speare finished the scoring in the 76th minute.
One player that did not score, but had a great impact on all the scoring was midfielder Megan Maldonado.
"She is kind of our quiet warrior," Schock added. "She works so hard out there and gets things started."
Juan Diego may continue with its domination of Region 8, and may not lose a game, but according to sweeper Taryn Vitacca, that will just be a step along the way.
"We want to win state," she said. "We just have to have the heart and the desire to do it."
In other prep soccer games Thursday:
VIEWMONT 3, LAYTON 1: Erin Dalley netted two goals for the Vikings in the region win over the Lancers. Clancee Miller had a great overall game for Viewmont, scoring a goal and assisting on another.
WEBER 4, FREMONT 1: Behind great play from the defense, the Warriors were able to pick up the region win over the Silver Wolves. Hilary Anger scored twice with Samantha Anger and Noel Meyer each adding one for Weber. Bre Perkes scored for Fremont.
SKYLINE 2, TAYLORSVILLE 1: Jessica Wortley and Shannon Larsen scored first half goals to lift the Eagles over the Warriors.
ALTA 1, JORDAN 0: Nicole Urry scored the game-winning goal in the sixth minute and Amanda Condie picked up the shutout for the Hawks.
BRIGHTON 1, HILLCREST 0: The Bengals scored early in the first half and that was enough in a win over the Huskies.
RIVERTON 2, HUNTER 1: Shelby Ostler and Emmy Jeppson each tallied goals, leading the Silverwolves to victory over the Wolverines. Marene Gomez scored for Hunter.
KEARNS 4, COPPER HILLS 2: The Cougars outpaced the Grizzlies in the second half, notching the 4-2 win. Elisa Monson had two goals for Kearns. Jamie Vangrol had two assists for the Cougars. Oralie Gutierrez was the winning goalie.
BINGHAM 9, WEST JORDAN 0: Tasha Aiono recorded the hat trick helping the Miners stay undefeated in region play with a victory over the Jaguars. Bingham's offense was equally spread out with six different players scoring a goal. Crystal Weldon and Sarah Hansen shared the shutout in goal.
AMERICAN FORK 4, PLEASANT GROVE 1: Lindsay Voorheis scored twice for the Cavemen in American Fork's 4-1 win over Pleasant Grove. April Hansen was the winning goalkeeper.
LONE PEAK 3, MOUNTAIN VIEW 1: Shantel Flanary scored twice and Whitley Murdoch added another goal in the Knights' victory over the Bruins.
TIMPANOGOS 8, SPANISH FORK 0: Noelle Sanders and Stacey Bartholomew led the Timberwolves with two goals each and Jessica Nelson, Megan Richardson, Mallory Jaramillo and Karley Nelson each hit the back of the net in the win.
BONNEVILLE 5, BOX ELDER 0: Jessie Baddley led the Lakers with two goals and Roxie McFarland, Kristen Robinson, and Emily Freshman each added one in the victory over the Bees. Molly Daines recorded the shutout for the Lakers.
BOUNTIFUL 3, ROY 0: Three players scored for the Braves in their win over the Royals. Molli Merril was the winning goalkeeper. Jenny Noakes played good defense for Bountiful.
SKY VIEW 3, MOUNTAIN CREST 2: Kayla Conover notched two goals and Nicole Archibald added another as the Bobcats defeated the Mustangs. Kim Olsen scored for Mountain Crest.
WEST 6, GRANGER 1: Alyce Carrier and Laurel Ghoshroy each had a pair of goals and Barbara Woodbury and Chloe Rose each added a goal in the Panthers' victory. Rosey Bassette scored the lone goal for the Lancers.
EAST 1, HIGHLAND 0 (OT): Jane Phillips scored the game- winning goal in overtime for the Leopards and Claire McConkie picked up the shutout.
OLYMPUS 2, COTTONWOOD 0: Goalie Tenly Rawlings kept the Colts scoreless in the Titans' 2-0 win. Diane Tempest and Rebecca Reed each had goals for Olympus.
OREM 8, PAYSON 0: Aly Tucker picked up her fourth shutout of the season as the Tigers defeated the Lions. Jamie Lyons and Anne Shallenberger each had a pair of goals for Orem and Chelsey Norton, Ashlee Kamoe, Kaitlyn Thomas, and Kelsea Park added one each in the victory.
SPRINGVILLE 2, TIMPVIEW 0: Hannah Silvey earned the shutout for the Red Devils. Jessica Rodgers scored first , assisted by Crosby Joyner. Karissa Henage also scored a goal, assisted by Sydney Hamilton.
PROVO 2, LEHI 1: After a tie at halftime, the Bulldogs were able to get a goal in the second half to pick up the victory over the Pioneers. Chandra Salmon and Breeanna Bowser each scored for Provo and Aleisha Jex scored for Lehi.
DIXIE 3, PINE VIEW 1: McCall Rynearson, Kylee McArthur and Kalehua Harward each hit the back of the net in the Flyers' win, and Michelle Judd scored the lone goal for the Panthers.
SNOW CANYON 3, CEDAR 1: Ashley Timo, Rabecca Ricks and Kayla Overfelt each knocked in a goal in the Warriors' victory over the Redmen.
PARK CITY 7, JUDGE MEMORIAL 0: The Miners trounced the Bulldogs as they kept their undefeated season alive. Marlee Davis scored twice and five other players tallied once. Alex Phillips got the shutout in goal.
WASATCH 4, UINTAH 0: The Wasps had four scorers in their win over the Utes. Becca Knapp recorded the shutout. Kim Parker had two assists for Wasatch.
TOOELE 1, BEAR RIVER 0: Alexis Bird recorded the shutout for the Buffaloes in Tooele's 1-0 win over the Bears. Kaytlin Allen scored the lone goal.
BEN LOMOND 2, GRANTSVILLE 1: Sam Burnett and McKenzie Fabero led the Scots by scoring a goal a piece, defeating the Cowboys in a close contest. Samme Jensen scored for Grantsville.
ROWLAND HALL 8, SOUTH SUMMIT 1: Victoria Heagy led the Winged Lion with a hat trick, earning the win over the Wildcats. Jennie VanWagner and Karen Bell each scored two goals and Liz Elliot added another for Rowland Hall. Katie Naft scored for South Summit.
MILLARD 1, ST. JOSEPH 0: After a scoreless first half, Loraina Aleman put Millard up for good with a goal in the second half. Kelsey Davis picked up the shutout.