We've had a focus to repeat as the region champ, and we've been working hard for it. We know we've got to come to play every game because this region is really tough. We can't take any team for granted. —Jan Swift, Weber boys soccer coach
PLEASANT VIEW — Weber soccer coach Jan Swift pulled his team together before the overtime period against Davis on Tuesday afternoon and told the boys to increase their level of intensity.
Colby Huerta heard his coach, and two minutes into the second overtime he netted a golden goal to give the Warriors a 2-1 victory.
"We've got to step it up. We've got to win every ball. We've got to challenge them and spread the field," Swift said of his message to his players during the team huddle. "(It was) not a perfect game, but a lot of heart out there. We played with a lot of determination."
The teams played to a tie in a scoreless first half, and then Davis forward Braden Johnson found the goal in the 42nd minute.
"(Davis) took a direct kick. (Weber goalkeeper) Codey (Albretsen) blocked it but nobody picked up their guys," Swift said. "Their guys ran in and slotted it."
The teams combined for four yellow cards, and Davis ended up a man down midway through the second half.
"Davis has always been on top for so many years. I think it's a little hard for them to handle Weber beating them," Swift said in jest, noting the rivalry between the squads.
Jaden Bybee, who eventually assisted the game-winning goal, took advantage of Davis' short-handed defense, corralling a pass from Jayce Call and sending it to the back of the net with just four minutes remaining.
With the win, the Warriors stand alone atop the Region 1 standings. Weber has a league record of 5-0-0 and is 7-1-0 overall. The Darts fell to 3-3-0 and into the middle of a congested region race with another round of league games to go.
"We've had a focus to repeat as the region champ, and we've been working hard for it," Swift said. "We know we've got to come to play every game because this region is really tough. We can't take any team for granted."
One thing the Warriors hope to improve for the second run of region play is the health of their players.
"We're suffering a lot of injuries right now. We've been kind of scrapping together a team," Swift said. "We have to get some players healed up. And we've got to come to play every game. It's a tough region, so we've got to prepare for every team. We can't take any team lightly."
Sarah Thomas is a graduate of the University of Utah and has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org