Boys Varsity Soccer · Six Goals From Six Different Players Nets Dons A Win In Final Region Match


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The scoreboard was all Spanish Fork on Friday as the Dons cruised to a 6-0 win at home against the Unitas Utes. The visitors from Vernal had only one dangerous opportunity early in the second half when a defensive miscue allowed a Ute forward to get behind the defense alone. A shot on goal passed the SF keeper and was on its way in when senior back, Jaxon Barton raced into the goal, keeping the score from happening.
After that it was all Spanish Fork.
Goals from Seniors Ryker Barton and Caden Parcell, junior Alexis Baez, and sophomores Enoch Pendleton, Ethan Binks and Davis Paxton prove that this Dons squad is versatile and talented and with scores coming this season from 13 different players, that literally everyone on this team can score!
A lightning delay 25 minutes into the first half kept both teams indoors for nearly an hour. When they returned to play, the Dons seemed to slow down and make odd choices. A halftime powwow energized the Dons who settled into a comfortable and even casual rhythm as the matches into the attacking third of the field time after time.
One thing that coach Nick Parcell said of his team was echoed by the boys themselves, “we play so well when we play together! We’ve worked on that game after game, practice after practice and we’re finally seeing it and feeling it and doing it!”
The win secures the Dons a spot in the post season. A likely fourth-place finish in Region 10 will pit the Dons against the first seed from Region 12 – as of this writing, Skyview. This means that Spanish Fork will make the three-hour drive to Smithfield on Wednesday to meet the Bobcats on the turf.
Senior back Nate Hughes said, “ We are ready. We know what it will take and we want it bad!” Keeper Jacob Atkinson summed it up for himself and the other senior players, “I’m not ready to be done yet! I’ve been here for four years and a trip to Rio Tinto is something I have wanted for all four years. We have a real chance this year, maybe better than we ever have. That’s exciting!”
Exciting is a good word to describe the team this season. There’s a different energy and the level of skill and competition has changed the face of soccer at Spanish Fork, probably forever.
The location and team is yet to be determined, but the Dons will play again on Wednesday at 4:00 – somewhere in the Cache Valley as they begin their run at the State Final.