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Falcon soccer eliminated in 3A quarterfinal
by Tom Zulewski Iron County Today
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In this most special of seasons for the Canyon View boys soccer team, they entered the 3A state playoffs on a roll, but knew there were plenty of challenges ahead. Nothing would come easy, and the Falcons responded in their opener when it counted most.

Daniel Velasco scored in the late stages of the first half, and senior Trevan Wade tallied the winner in the 64th minute as Canyon View rallied to beat Union 2-1 on May 4 to advance to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

The Falcons won their 14th straight game and earned a rematch with Logan, who beat Dixie in St. George by the same 2-1 count, in the quarterfinals. The confidence was clearly aided with Velasco’s goal that came in the 37th minute, three minutes after the visiting Cougars – the No. 4 seed from Region 10 – struck first.

“These boys had quite a bit of confidence going in,” CV head coach Spencer Davis said. “Years ago, one goal would have destroyed us. Now it’s just time to step up and work harder.”

The hard work paid off with Wade’s goal that came off a scramble in front off an assist from R.J. Batt.

“R.J. was taking the ball up and I was calling for it, hoping he’d pass it to me,” Wade said. “I knew it was the only chance I’d have. I took the shot, lucked out, and it went in.”

Canyon View’s defense made sure it would hold up over the remaining minutes as they held on for the victory. Wade put the game-winner high among his personal favorites.

“It’d be in my top one, so far,” Wade said.

Against Logan, Jonny Guadarrama scored late in the first half and Fernando Mejia provided the insurance marker with less than 10 minutes remaining as the No. 3 seed from Region 11 beat Canyon View 2-0 on a windy Saturday afternoon. Not only did the Grizzlies (9-6-1) beat the Falcons for the second year in a row to advance to the semifinals, but they brought a halt to the home team’s 14-game winning streak.

Guadarrama, who scored both goals in the Grizzlies’ win over the Flyers on Thursday, beat the defense by a step on a through ball, dribbled left and put the ball in the net past Canyon View keeper Matt Bench in the 31st minute for the 1-0 lead.

As the second half began, both teams had a quality scoring chance at each end of the pitch in the first minute, but Bench and Logan keeper E.J. Godinez kept the ball out of the net.

From that point, the Falcons controlled the ball through much of the final 40 minutes, but couldn’t break through. Batt hit a shot off the crossbar in the 47th minute and another Canyon View shot rang off the outside post in the 66th minute.

Bench had a chance off his own long-range free kick from the Falcon goal as well, but Godinez was able to handle the high, bouncing ball with no problems.

As the clock ticked to the 71st minute with the wind howling to as much as 40 mph, Mejia found himself in the right spot in close, taking a pass from Miguel Martinez and beating Bench for the marker that game the Grizzlies the cushion they needed.

“The soccer gods weren’t in our favor,” Canyon View head coach Spencer Davis said. “Things didn’t fall our way.”

The Falcons, who return to Region 9 next season, lost for the first time since March 9 and finished the year with a 14-3 overall record.

Cedar also qualified for the 3A playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 9, but dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker on the road to Region 11 champion Ridgeline in their opening-round playoff game. The Redmen built a 2-1 halftime lead and kept it until the closing minutes, but the Riverhawks scored a pair of late goals to secure the victory and advance.

Cedar finished the year 4-13-1, with 10 losses coming by a single goal.

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