WASHINGTON TERRACE— For No. 1 Bonneville, it had a definite game plan, and it followed it in its 6-2 win over Mountain Crest on Tuesday afternoon: Feed the ball to all-everything forward Jessie Baddley, and let her go to work.
The plan worked to perfection as Baddley scored five goals to keep the Lakers on top of the Region 5 standings.
"She could have had a couple others," said Bonneville coach Mike Hickman. "She is so good that sometimes it is a little frustrating because she doesn't score every time. She scores so often and is so dominating that when she doesn't put it in the net you are like, 'What happened?' "
Baddley scored in the eighth, 24th, 45th, 65th and 73rd minutes. The last three came in the second half to break open a game that was tied 2-2 at the half. Mountain Crest's Erika Mourtinsen had scored the Mustangs' two goals to keep it close.
Each goal was eerily familiar with the other. A teammate would collect the ball somewhere in the middle-third of the field, and would feed the ball forward either to Baddley's feet or on a through ball. Baddley would then either use her speed or her dribbling skills to beat the defender and then go in on the keeper. That is when the real beauty started.
It is rare to see a player who makes it look so casual going to the goal. Baddley appeared like she was on a run through the park as she came in on the helpless keeper. It did not matter which angle or direction she was coming as Baddley used either foot, and hit both powerful shots or simply rolled it to a corner to score. Her ability to score is amazing, but it is even more unique where she credits getting the calmness.
"I think it helped that I grew up playing in the boys leagues," she said. "They helped me go faster and play stronger."
She also credits the time she spent this summer playing with the U-16 national team. "The style and intensity was a lot higher. It was an experience you really just couldn't get in Utah," she said.
Of course, Baddley would not have been able to score if her teammates did not do their job as well. Roxie McFarland had three assists to Baddley, and midfielder Emily Freshman played great in the defensive midfield stealing away possession and distributing the ball forward.
"She is still learning to pass the ball better in the offense," said Hickman of Freshman's play. "She is so tough and works so hard that you just can't keep her off the field."
Although Baddley may get most of the credit, Bonneville is not a 1 vs. 10 team. The Lakers play a definite style.
"Our strength is the players' willingness to play the system," Hickman said. "Because they play as a unit they all get their chances. The strength is they believe in each other." In other prep soccer games Tuesday:
WOODS CROSS 4, ROY 1: The Wildcats tore into the Royals. Kassidy Christensen scored all four goals on seven shots, and Abby Robinson had 2 assists for the Wildcats.
BOUNTIFUL 3, BOX ELDER 1: Bountiful's Robyn Wall assisted goals to Monica Okapal, Carly Haycock and Rachel Messick in the victory. Sara Farr scored the lone goal for the Bees.
COTTONWOOD 8, GRANGER 0:Canada Clawson knocked in three goals and Stefani Shiozaki, Caity Smith, Vanessa Vonderhara, Paige Anderson and Kelsie Egan each scored a goal in the Colts' win over the Lancers.
OREM 9, PAYSON 0:Jaime Lyons scored four goals, Anne Shallenberger knocked in three more and Kaitlyn Thomas hit the back of the net twice for the Golden Tigers. Ally Tucker shut out the Lions.
SPRINGVILLE 2, TIMPVIEW 0: The Red Devils torched the Thunderbirds. Hailey Francis scored both goals, goalie Hannah Silvey recorded the shutout , Crosby Joyner and Jessica Rogers were credited with the assists.
LEHI 3, PROVO 0:Kiley Wardwell, Breezy Chandler and Aleisha Jex each scored and Tonya Smith picked up the shutout to keep the Pioneers undefeated in region play.
JUAN DIEGO 10, NORTH SANPETE 0:Kara Bitacca led the Soaring Eagle rout over the Hawks with four goals. Olivia Wee added two goals and Taryn Bitacca, Megan Maldonado, Lindsey Padjen and Mary Rosenburg each hit the back of the net once. Jenna Speare and Catherine Turnerdrown combined for the shutout.
DIXIE 4, PINE VIEW 0:McCall Rynearson scored twice in the first half and Kylee McArthur added two goals in the second half to give the Flyers the victory. Ashlee White shut out the Panthers.
SNOW CANYON 1, CEDAR 0:Rabecca Ricks scored the game-winning goal for the Warriors in the second half. Ami Parry picked up the shutout in the Region 9 battle.
HURRICANE 3, CANYON VIEW 2:
WASATCH 10, UINTAH 0: The Wasps involved everyone with Amber Ford and Kimberly Parker each scoring twice and Heather Kohler, Makayle Price, Tara Gehring, Heather Rawlins, Kaylee Collins and Kamrie Sweet each hitting the back of the net. Becca Knapp picked up the shutout in the win.
PARK CITY 1, JUDGE MEMORIAL 0 (2OT):Elli Reed scored in the second overtime to lift the Miners over the Bulldogs.
BEAR RIVER 2, TOOELE 1: The Bears sneaked past the White Buffalo. Jackie Fuller scored both goals for the Bears. Alex Bird scored the lone goal for the White Buffalo.
BEN LOMOND 8, GRANTSVILLE 0: The Scots spread the ball around with Kynde Rockelle, Lindsey Boden, Amber Bills, McKenzie Fabero, Jordan Greenfield, Shalya McComb, Sarah George and Sam Burnett each scoring goals. Randy Knotts picked up the shutout in the victory.