BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL – The Viewmont Vikings girls’ soccer team had one of the most successful seasons in recent history, winning 19 games and claiming the 5A girls’ soccer title with a win over Alta.
Now the team has a big target on its back, but coach Emalee Tate has already said they won’t turn it into a big deal.
“We understand that it’s there,” she said. “But we created our own theme of concentrating on each moment, each practice, and each team as we go through a very tough season.”
Players are excited to start playing more familiar opponents as they move back to Region 1, even though it means a tougher schedule, Tate said.
The Lady Vikings captured two region titles, won all 20 of their region games, and combined to go 37-3 in a two-year stint in Region 2.
“From a soccer point of view, Region 1 is the most grueling region in the state,” she said. “Any team can take a game from anyone else and the talent level on each team makes it a difficult region to fight through.”
Tate, a second-year coach at Viewmont, sees the chance to play familiar opponents such as Davis, Layton, Fremont and others as a boon for her and her team. She coached at Clearfield before it moved to Region 6.
“A lot of the girls play club soccer, so they not only play against each other during the season but also play with each other during the offseason,” she said. “I also think it’s better for the region because it gets the communities involved. A lot of the schools are close to each other, so the community involvement, and having the opportunity to play Davis twice, is very exciting for everyone.”
Up to 14 seniors will be on this year’s team, including one of the top scorers, Abbie Flandro. Flandro was third on the team in goals scored last season. Bailee Hammond, another senior, is also back and is expected to be a big contributor to the team.
Other key players are Tana Singley, who scored three goals in 2012, and Karrie Pead. Pead is a junior and knocked in 15 goals for the Lady Vikings last season.
“The seniors have taken on the role of filling holes,” said Tate. “Some of the other key players will come along as the season progresses, but having the depth we have on this team is going to be big for our success.”
The team’s goals, however, will remain the same, and Tate knows that expectations for the soccer team are high. The team remains focused on winning and going deep into the playoffs, and if another chance at a state title comes their way, the Lady Vikings won’t hesitate to jump on the opportunity.
“We may drop a game here or there, but if we peak as a team at the right time then we’ll be a team to contend with,” she said. “Our student body and the faculty and staff are very supportive of this team, and we just want to pay them back by trying to get out there and win.”
Viewmont finished 19-1 overall in 2012, capturing the State 5A girls’ soccer title.
Lady Vikings 2013 schedule
8-15 @ Woods Cross
8-20 @ Brighton
8-22 @ Bingham
8-29 @ Weber
9-5 @ Fremont
9-12 @ Northridge
9-19 @ Davis
9-26 @ Layton
10-3 @ Syracuse