BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS — Bountiful leads its region, the Wildcats are bouncing back, Viewmont goes between tied and victorious and Davis is in second place.
Whether these early trends will continue is up in the air, but boys soccer fans can expect a rowdy season as the weather warms.
In Region 1, Davis is in a tie for second place with a 2-1 region record, having lost to Fremont in overtime last Tuesday, April 9. Despite the early loss, the defending 5A champions still have a long way to go as they finish the first round of region games Thursday at home against Syracuse.
In Region 2, Viewmont is spending its final season in the region with an unbeaten record, but still is behind region-leading Hunter by two points.
The school has reached the playoffs every year dating back to 2002, and this year the team outscored its opponents 8-2 through three region games and, when it lost, was short by just two goals or fewer.
West has been the Vikings’ toughest opponent in its time in the region. The Viewmont boys lost to West last year and tied the second game in May last season. That makes for two ties in a row.
Aside from West, the Vikings have been dominant in Region 2. Last season, they won the Region 2 crown with an 8-1-1 record.
Bountiful, East, Cyprus and Woods Cross are in an early battle for playoff spots in Region 6, and claim the top four spots through three games. Bountiful, at 3-0 in region play, is 5-2 overall with close losses to Region 1 teams Layton and Davis. Woods Cross is 1-2 after beating Clearfield 3-0 last Friday.
The Darts, who took down Layton last Thursday 3-2, opened the season on a hot streak by winning their first three games with a shutout.
Bountiful’s hot region start is a complete turnaround from last season, when the Braves finished 5-4-1 in region play and 7-7-3 overall. In five of its seven games in 2013, the winner has been decided by a single goal.
The Woods Cross’ boys’ soccer team showed that they will not be ignored when it comes to capturing a playoff spot, either. The team claimed its first region victory Friday with a 3-0 win over Clearfield. They dropped five others games by a single goal.
Bountiful and Woods Cross will meet for the first time this season on Friday.