BOUNTIFUL – The Viewmont Vikings have been to the state 5A girls’ soccer finals in each of the past four seasons and have a championship win to show for their efforts.
No pressure, right?
With the understanding that the team will constantly have a target on its back, the focus of this year’s team will be simply to focus on them.
The winning, said first year coach Spencer Keddington, will come.
“There’s pressure every year to perform, but this group doesn’t want to talk about it,” he said. “We’re a different team playing a lot of sophomores, but we have a really good mix of players that know what it takes to win.”
The Vikings fourth straight finals appearance ended with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Brighton, the same school that beat Viewmont in 2010 when the streak of appearances started.
Along with a new coach РEmalee Tate stepped down to focus on her familyСand a few familiar faces, the team’s focus is simply to play faster and attack the defense this season.
So far the team is off to a 1-0-1 start, tying Juan Diego and beating Bingham 2-0, thanks in part to being the aggressors of its games early on.
“We fought back to get that tie,” Keddington said of the team’s game against the Soaring Eagle. “It was nice to have that kind of game because it showed us early that we don’t cave under pressure.”
Preaching an ethic of hard work, the group is being led this season by Laura Wilcox, McKenna Kimber, Baylee World and Karrie Pead, all seniors.
Wilcox, playing center back, compliments the defense while Kimber and senior Brittany Sears anchor the midfield. Forwards World and Pead will lead the scoring attack, with Pead returning as the team’s second leading scorer from 2013.
Although the season is already underway in girls’ soccer, the team will be hard-pressed to keep the focus on each other and work harder every day, Keddington said.
“We always know that teams are going to play us tougher because of the success we’ve had,” he said. “We feel the pressure to win, but we’re going to say ‘we need to get to the finals’ in order to have a successful season. Effort is what it’s going to take to win a lot of these games this year, and I know we’re prepared for it.”
Viewmont finished 2013 with a 15-4 overall record and was 10-2 in Region 1. It lost to Brighton 1-0 in the 5A state finals.
Lady Vikings 2014 schedule
8-12 @ Bingham
8-14 @ Juan Diego
8-28 @ Weber
9-4 @ Fremont
9-11 @ Northridge
9-18 @ Davis
9-25 @ Layton
10-2 @ Syracuse