Clipper Sports Editor
CENTERVILLE – For the Viewmont Vikings girls’ soccer team, it was a successful return to Region 1.
With the opportunity to open Region 1 play against its arch-rival, Davis, the Lady Vikings didn’t disappoint its home crowd as Abbie Flandro and Karrie Pead netted goals in the 2-1 win.
“You know (Davis) is going to come out and be ready to go,” said Viewmont coach Emalee Tate. “You know it’s going to be a big game, and that most of the girls had this game circled on their calendar.”
Viewmont initially found itself down after allowing a ninth minute goal by Davis’ Regyn Youngberg. It was Youngberg’s sixth goal of the season for Davis, which entered the region opener with a 4-0 record.
The Vikings rebounded from the early deficit in the 20th minute when Karrie Pead tied the game with her fourth goal of the season.
Pead's goal gave the team an extra boost heading into the half, which carried over after Tate’s halftime adjustments were made.
“She’s a workhorse, and a spark plug,” said Tate. “She does her job, and does it well. She’s one of those players that never gives up on anything. That goal was one of those goals where she was determined not to let it out of her realm of play.”
Viewmont’s second and final goal came in the 69th minute after Abbie Flandro fed Kaitlin Palmer, who fed it back to Flandro in the open field. Flandro fired her shot from the far side of the field to the back corner of the net for the 2-1 lead.
That goal, said Tate, was due to one of the halftime adjustments she talked to the team about before coming back for the second half of play.
“In the first half, we didn’t do a very good job at getting forward with our runs and getting the ball wide,” she said. “At halftime, we made the forwards overemphasize their runs and not just running the ball up the middle, and making the defense guess what we were going to do.”
Davis had its chances to tie the game in the following minutes, but had two shots saved by Haley Johnson and two other shots that hit the crossbar.
Viewmont’s defense was able to play keep-away for the rest of the match, and kept Davis from getting too deep into the Vikings territory in the final 10 minutes.
“It’s a good win,” said Tate. “Obviously we still have some things to work on, but we take what we can get, learn what we need to learn from the game and go from there.”
Davis’ loss was its first of the season, and Viewmont improved to 3-1 overall after the win. The Darts will host Syracuse Thursday at Angel Street Park. Viewmont will travel to Weber High School to take on the Warriors.
Kickoff for both games is 3:30 p.m.