The new season began with optimism, but the Falcons ran into a Dixie Flyers team that cashed in their chances and walked away with a victory.
Trey Hoskins and Sergio Diaz scored goals in the early stages of the second half, and Jose Morales scored on a breakaway with less than three minutes remaining to seal a 3-0 win over Canyon View in the season opener for both teams at the Falcons’ home field March 7.
“The boys did well for not being outside on the grass all winter long,” CV head coach Spencer Davis said. “It’s always an issue when we play St. George teams because they get to play all winter.”
After an early-week dusting of snow, the field became playable just in time for the Falcons under a comfortable sky with little wind. The two teams played to a scoreless first half before Hoskins struck early and Diaz turned in his marker with a penalty kick for a 2-0 lead after a foul was called in the box.
Dixie head coach Burt Myers, who guided his team to the 3A semifinals last year, said the group has the potential for another deep playoff run.
“I’m excited for this year’s group,” he said. “We’re getting along well and working pretty good in practice. If there’s one thing that’s hurting us, it’s the effort we’re putting in. That could hold us back. We’ve got some talent and people who can score.”
For Davis, the loss was something for his defending Region 12 champions to put behind as fast as possible.
“We’re treating this preseason as practice to set us up for another state run,” he said. “We’ll see Region 9 in the second round of the playoffs, so we set up as many of those games as we could to get ready.”
Canyon View played across town against Cedar two days later and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Redmen. J.D. Becham scored both goals for Cedar, one in each half.
The Falcons were able to break the shutout bid of keeper Jake Rekhop with 30 seconds remaining when freshman Kellen Bowden launched a free kick from 20 yards out that settled in the upper portion of the net.
Both teams wrapped up play with weekend games at the St. George Tournament. Cedar got a hat trick from Beacham and rolled to a 5-1 win over Spanish Fork, but the Redmen also lost a pair of 1-0 decisions to Uintah and Skyridge, respectively.
Canyon View picked up its first win of the season Saturday with a 2-0 shutout over Tooele. Jose Larios and Scott Sanders scored the goals for the Falcons.