High school soccer: Top teams set their sights on state tournament titles

Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

"Everyone will be watching out for Amanda," Camps said. "She's our leading scoring and has been for four years now."

Manti is the only team that has beaten Grand this season and holds the top spot in the 2A East region. Millard is undefeated in 2A West play and will face Rowland Hall in Wednesday's first round.

In 4A, top-ranked Bonneville looks to move past the semifinals, where it stumbled against second-ranked Skyline a year ago.

"Our goal, of course, is the championship game," Bonneville coach Rob McDaniel said, "but at the same time we are taking it one game at a time. Orem has done well in big games. They have our focus."

The Lakers will take on Orem with senior Megan Fillpot in goal. Fillpot has recorded 10 shutouts this season, and is aided by the work of Sadee Sholly and the rest of the Bonneville defense.

"We have had only six goals scored on us all year, just three in region play," McDaniel said. "Our defense is our strong point."

The 4A tournament will be filled with close contests. When asked what teams to watch for, McDaniel listed nearly every team in the tournament as a strong team.

"I think there will be a lot of close games," he said. "In the first round, I think there will be a few upsets and big wins. After that, with No. 1's versus No. 2's, I think there will be a lot of close games."

Along with Bonneville, it is Bountiful, Skyline and Maple Mountain that finished at the top of their respective regions. Skyline senior Ashley Aberton is second in scoring for the classification. She has scored 19 goals, just one behind 4A-leading Lana Willard of Box Elder.

One of 4A's newest members, Herriman, has already worked hard to elbow its way into the tournament. The Mustangs defeated Murray in a Region 7 tiebreaker when Taylor Crowton knocked in a goal late in the second half. They then turned around to defeat Mountain View on a Rachel Richards goal in a 4A play-in game. After a weekend of rest, the Mustangs will travel to play Bountiful today.

"When you cross regions, you never know," McDaniel said of predicting winners in tournament play. "Preseason is a crapshoot; teams are still trying to figure out their lineups. In region, you know more what to expect because you see those teams often. In the playoffs, when you cross regions and play all new teams, you have no idea what to expect. Anything can happen."

Tournament play for 5A and 4A teams starts on Tuesday while 3A and 2A begins Wednesday. All first-round games will be played at the home site of the higher-seeded team.

Soccer pairings

Today's games

(All games at 4 p.m.)

5A playoffs

Riverton at Brighton

Hunter at Davis

Weber at Viewmont

Jordan at Lone Peak

Northridge at Taylorsville

Cottonwood at Bingham

Lehi at Alta

West at Fremont

4A playoffs

Woods Cross at Hillcrest

Box Elder at Maple Mountain

Orem at Bonneville

Olympus at Clearfield

Timpview at Sky View

Herriman at Bountiful

East at Skyline

Mtn. Crest at Timpanogos

Wednesday's games

(All games at 4 p.m.)

3A playoffs

Wasatch at Bear River

Pine View at Spanish Fork

Stansbury at Snow Canyon

Ben Lomond at Juan Diego

Payson at Dixie

Morgan at Park City

Judge Memorial at Ogden

Cedar at Delta

2A playoffs

South Sevier at Waterford

Parowan at Richfield

Layton Christian at ALA

Maeser Prep at Grand County

Rowland Hall at Millard

Gunnison at St. Joseph

South Summit at Manti

Beaver at Summit

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