It's almost time to get down to business in boys prep soccer.

The past three weeks have provided players, coaches and fans with glimpses of what the 2008 season could be like, as teams have squared off against one another in non-region competition.

For the most part the preseason has been exactly that — a preview of things to come.

Well, we're about to shift away from non-region action and get into the good stuff. And while we won't completely find out the answers to the questions that everybody is asking — namely, which teams are championship contenders and which teams aren't — region play will certainly give us a much more complete picture of the puzzle.

Nine of the state's 14 regions will hold league games — or already have been holding them — as of this week, and the other five will begin by the end of next week.

For the most part, the elite teams in each classification have been tested and are proven commodities. However, there are a bunch of squads below them that are unproven, and finding out how they fare should be entertaining.

Up and down the state, there are teams that fit such billing.

For example, Springville of Region 7 is sporting a flashy 5-0 record, but its next four games (at Provo, vs. Timpview, at Orem, vs. Mountain View) will give us a much better idea about whether the Red Devils are legit title contenders.

EARLY SCORING LEADERS: A quick look at the state's scoring charts reveals that 2A scorers from Region 13 have been leading the way early.

Region 13, composed of schools in southern Utah, currently occupy the top four spots, anchored by Beaver's Wade Melling and Gunnison's Ricardo Mendoza with 10 goals apiece.

Grand's Sebastian Roa has nine goals and Richfield's Quaid Busk has eight.

Richard Harrison of Alta, Nate Villegas of Jordan and Luis Almonacid of Taylorsville top the 5A scoring charts with five goals, Karson Payton of Timpview tops the 4A charts with eight goals and Uintah's duo of Kinnon Oldaker and Derek Bunderson tops the 3A charts with six goals.

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