Two mid-September games could set the stage for a successful season this year for Stansbury girls soccer.
The Stallions host Ben Lomond on Sept. 16 and Bear River on Sept. 18, the two teams that finished ahead of them in Region 11 last year.
A pair of victories there would go a long way toward earning a home-field advantage in the first round of the 3A soccer players for the Stallions.
After two losses to quality opponents to start the season, Stansbury has found its stride with five-consecutive victories. They scored their fifth victory of the year on Tuesday with a 6–2 triumph over Hunter.
Michaela Didericksen knocked in four goals, and Rachel Prescott connected twice.
Didericksen is the leading scorer in the state with 19, and Prescott is near the top of the scoring list with 11.
Coach Jeremy Alverson is glad to coach these highly skilled athletes.
“With Didericksen, teams man-mark her, but she has the skill and confidence that it doesn’t deter her,” the coach said.
“She is also good at getting assists. Teams concentrate so much on her and Rachel that it is providing opportunities for other players.”
Krystanne Idom and Amber Spaulding have been credited with several assists this season.
Stansbury applied offensive pressure early in the match against Hunter and kept it up throughout the contest.
Prescott knocked in the first goal nine minutes into the match.
On the back end, defenders Paige Boyce and Spaulding made it difficult for the Hunter offense.
Stansbury jumped ahead 2–0 when Spaulding got past a defender and made a long run up the left side of the field where she centered the ball to Didericksen for an easy goal 20 minutes into the match.
Prescott scored her second goal of the match just before Hunter broke through with its first goal just before intermission to make it 3–1 Stallions at halftime.
Boyce found Didericksen for a fourth Stansbury goal. Later, Sammy Howa assisted Didericksen for another goal.
Two top players, Idom and Savanna Jones missed the Hunter game because of injuries.
Stansbury plays at Grantsville on Tuesday, then has a week off before the two pivotal home games against Ben Lomond and Bear River.