Clipper Sports Editor
CENTERVILLE – Karrie Pead scored the only goal of the game Tuesday afternoon for the Lady Vikings against Layton.
Her fifth goal of the season lifted the Vikings to their fourth straight victory and third in a row in Region 1 play.
“I thought we came out and did some nice things today,” said Viewmont coach Emalee Tate. “Obviously we would have liked to score more, but we gave ourselves a lot of good opportunities to do that, especially in the second half.”
After fighting through a scoreless draw in the first half, Viewmont played the aggressor and started to take advantage of a few openings given to them by Layton. Choosing to attack from the outside was an effective tool once again; as Bailee Hammond fed a cross pass right to an open Pead for the only goal of the game in the 64th minute of play.
“She’s very aware of where she’s playing, whether it’s forward or in the midfield,” said Tate. “She does a good job of giving different teams different looks. Offensively we were able to get a great ball into her. She played a great ball into Karrie and Karrie did well to score on that possession.”
For the first time in three games, Viewmont didn’t have to play from behind in order to collect the win. Haley Johnson picked up the shutout at the net, and the Lady Vikings’ defense played well, keeping all of Layton’s attempts from getting into the net.
“We talked a lot the last couple of weeks about starting off the first 20 minutes strong,” said Tate. “Making sure that we’re aware of what’s happening in the first five minutes of the game was something that they did a better job of doing today.”
Viewmont has now won five of its first six games this season; it’s only loss came against Brighton in the second match of the season. Tate said the team is starting to perform better as the season moves along, especially in a tough Region 1.
“We’re getting into a system and the girls are starting to play into that system,” she said. “Defensively as a team we had a lot of problems with communication. Now that the girls’ are starting to play more together, they’re starting to figure it all out.”
Viewmont will play against Fremont Thursday at Fremont High School. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m.