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High school soccer: Weber dominates, upsets Davis

KAYSVILLE — Weber handed No. 3-ranked Davis a shocking 5-0 defeat on Tuesday, surrendering to the Warriors the top spot in Region 1.

Weber scored two goals just before halftime and never looked back.

"It feels really good," Weber goalkeeper Timothy Wheelwright said. "We lost both games last year (against Davis) and it determined our spot. It's good to put them away and get the upper seed for the playoffs. They're always a good team and it's always really competitive."

The sophomore notched his sixth shutout of the season, leaping and diving his way to eight solid saves in the flawless performance.

"I was just so pumped to play them," he said. "It's always a good game. Luckily I was able to have a couple of really good saves to help us get the shutout."

Wheelwright was quick to commend his accompanying defenders, however, attributing the win to an all-around team effort.

Though the stifling defense played a substantial role in the win, the landslide victory would not have been possible without a tenacious, attacking offensive effort.

According to head coach Jan Swift, the Warriors put together a full game, maintaining possession as they spread the field and worked the ball quickly between players.

The ball movement tired the Darts, but they were still able to match the Warriors' shots on goal. Both teams finished with eight credible chances.

"We had shots on goal, we just didn't finish them," senior Davis captain John Taylor said. "They finished their chances, we didn't, and that's why they won the game."

The Warriors' first finished opportunity came in the 31st minute when Parker Dixon received a nice cross in front of the goal from Jayce Call. Dixon capitalized on the Darts' defensive lapse and buried it in the net for the 1-0 advantage.

Just four minutes later, Jaden Bybee connected on a well-placed corner from Dixon, heading the ball in to extend the lead, 2-0 before halftime.

According to Wheelwright, coach Swift encouraged his team to maintain control and pick it up further in the second half to avoid a Davis rally.

"He told us to act like we're down one goal and play with intensity," Wheelwright said. "We couldn't let them back into the game. We came out aggressive and kept attacking."

Though the Darts matched intensity in the opening minutes of the half, the Warriors outplayed them and furthered the deficit again in the 50th minute.

Kenny Gordon came off a steal in the middle, just outside the 18-yard box. He saw an opening on the right side and took a rip with his left foot, bouncing the ball just over diving keeper Mitch Jensen.

Five minutes later, it was Gordon again, corralling a chip from Tyler Murdock and knocking it around Jensen at the last moment.

"It feels good knowing I got two," he said of the goals, "but it's a team sport. It's not about how many goals I score, but how many goals the whole team scores."

The final Weber goal came in the 68th minute when Zach Barker found Call inside the box. Call beat the keeper to the ball, and popped it around him to complete the Warriors' onslaught.

Taylor was disappointed with the Darts' loss but promised a quick recovery.

"Sometimes you have to take a step back to go forward," he said. "We're going to try to bounce back and peak before playoffs."