Travis Hansen, Leader Sports Writer
It wasn’t a perfect week but the Bear River girls’ soccer team notched their first Region 11 win of the year. They pulled it off against Stansbury before losing to Ogden, the top team in Region 11 and 3A.
Region 11 play continues this week as Bear River hosted Ben Lomond yesterday and will host Morgan Thursday. Varsity kicks off at 3:30 p.m. This is an important week for the Bears, as Ben Lomond and Morgan seem to be two of the top teams in region play. Coach Gene Wilcox stressed the importance of protecting their home field to make the road a little easier of accomplish their goal of hosting a first round playoff game.
Against Stansbury the Bears started out strong scoring three goals in the opening half while allowing two goals. In the final half, Bear River locked down on defense and added another goal to secure the 4-2 win to open Region 11 play.
“We out shot them the whole match and really I felt like we started to pull away from them and control the game in the second half,” said Wilcox. “I thought that we played better for a full game than we had so far this season.”
Scoring for the Bears were senior captain Sarah Huber, junior Marissa Hobbs, sophomore Selena Garcia and freshman Tamika Rodriguez.
“We’ve been having a lot of people score, which is good because it’s hard to mark on one person,” Wilcox said. “Tamika has been playing well. She has been physical and is obviously young but she creates a lot of stuff for herself and she also had the assist on Selena’s goal. They’re doing great in that sense. Sarah and Marissa have been playing pretty unselfishly as well.”
After recording their first region win, Bear River traveled to Ogden to take on the state’s top team in 3A. They were unable to break the back line to get a goal. Ogden scored two goals in each half to secure the 4-0 win but Wilcox says he felt like the game was a lot closer than the score shows.
“They are for sure the better team and they play really well at home or anywhere really,” Wilcox said. “We felt like if we could get a goal at the start of the second half and get it to 2-1, that maybe they would panic, but to their credit they stayed strong and they normally don’t give up much.”