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South Valley Riverton Journal

Girls soccer SLCC and 6A high school preview

Sep 01, 2021 12:16PM ● By Greg James

By Greg James | [email protected] 

The soccer teams across the state have begun another season. The high school and college teams in the area want to celebrate their past success, but improve this season.

Soccer is the first official UHSAA sport to begin its season. Most local teams will have reconfigured regions and rosters.

Roy joins Region 2 and should have an impact right away. They defeated Kearns in the first round of last year's state playoffs 3-0 and will stand as immediate contenders for the region title. Kearns is the defending champion of the region and Hunter will need to retool to be competitive.

Cyprus, Granger, Taylorsville and West will battle for who is next among the region's competitors. Offensive production will be the key as the entire region proves its worth.

In Region 3 the top teams have become valley powerhouses. Riverton has looked formidable in its preseason matches, going undefeated and scoring 21 goals in five games. Bingham, Herriman and Mountain Ridge should also contend for the regional title.

West Jordan and Copper Hills have strong soccer tradition and will be teams to consider if one of the top teams falters.

Advancing past the second round of the state playoffs could be the mark of a good season. Corner Canyon was the only 6A team in Salt Lake County able to accomplish that feat last season. 

The UHSAA is scheduled to begin region competition the week of Aug. 17 (after press deadline.) They will use the ratings performance index again this season to set rankings for the state playoffs. Herriman was the county’s top rated 6A team last year at four.

The Salt Lake Community College is coming off its most successful season ever. In an abbreviated and realigned season they advanced to the NJCAA women's soccer national championship match last spring. They lost to Tyler Community College (Texas) 2-0. This was Tyler's second consecutive championship.

Bruins head coach Mark Davis called it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for his players. 

The team had three players named to the all-tournament team: Carli Jager, Cassidy Adams and Hannah Lee. 

That ended a fabulous women’s season. They had an outstanding 15-2-1 record and a Scenic West championship.

Davis stepped down as the team's head coach shortly after the season and they hired Cassie Ulrich. Davis will continue as the men's team coach. Ulrich had been part of the team's coaching staff making the transition seamless.

The success of the women's community college team exemplifies the talent available at the high school level.