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High school soccer: Davis Darts take care of Bingham Miners

By Jessica Norton

Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 14 2012 9:11 p.m. MDT

WEST JORDAN — Sometimes all you need is a little change.

According to head coach Souli Phongsavath, the Davis High girls' soccer team played their worst forty minutes of the season on Tuesday, appearing somewhat sluggish in the first half before surging in the second for the 3-1 victory over Bingham High.

A halftime pep talk and position change was all it took. Phongsavath challenged the girls and moved Melanie Ostler from center back to center forward.

"We moved her up and she made the difference for us," he said. "She is dynamic. I think she is a fantastic player; very versatile."

Ostler, who plays in the middle and on the wing for her club team, has played center back her entire high school career. However, the adaptable senior was ready and willing to assume the new position, providing an offensive increase as a result.

"It was different, but wherever my coach needs me to play, I'll play," she said with a smile, adding that it simply wasn't working in the first half.

Phongsavath agreed. "The first half was just horrible," he said. "They were fatigued. They weren't ready to play." He went on to commend the girls' efforts in the second half, however. "I thought we dominated in the second. We had a lot of chances."

More often than not, Ostler was involved in those chances. Her beautiful, long and high-arcing shot from the right outer corner of the box found the left upper corner of the net in the 49th minute to gain the 2-1 advantage.

And later, she helped to ice the cake, assisting junior Abbey Mann in the 75th minute for the 3-1 finish.

Mann received the pass on the right side, masterfully sneaking it around Bingham goalkeeper Janessa Cunningham.

The Darts were quick to take advantage of a Bingham "move," getting the goals as part of a counterattack when the Miners planned to charge forward.

"We pushed up to score and they did instead," Bingham coach Jenni Clough said. "We made a move to go forward and sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes you get caught off on the defense when you do that, but you take your chance."

Prior to the risk, the two were tied at halftime, 1-1.

The Darts were first to score with a spectacular play by outside back Emma Farley. Farley outmaneuvered her defender and sent a well-placed cross to teammate Chelsie Dunn. Dunn buried it in the net for the early first-half lead. Not long after, Bingham freshman Kaitlin La fired in one of her own to equalize.

Despite Davis' slight dominance in the second, the Miners had several opportunities down the line. Marley Olsen hit the right post in the 58th minute, Hadyn Olsen sent one sailing just over the crossbar, and Cortney Millgate sent a crowd-awing assist to Carla Swensen, though in vain.

"We did have opportunities, unfortunately we just didn't finish them," Coach Clough said.

The Miners (2-1) have already tied the amount of Bingham victories in the 2011 season and hope to see continuing success.

"We just needed some new energy in the program," Clough said. "They have the talent." The program seems revitalized with Clough at the helm and a mix of new and old on the roster. "Sometimes change is good."

Email: jwilde@desnews.com

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