KAYSVILLE — Two games remain in the Region 1 girls soccer season. After two goals by Layton senior forward Erin Bailey plus a defensive shutout, two teams are tied for first place.
The Lancers beat Davis 2-0 on Thursday, moving Layton (11-3, 9-1 Region 1) into a tie with the Darts (11-2, 9-1) with two remaining region games next week.
Thursday’s match transpired in a such a way that if it weren’t for Davis goalkeeper Taygan Sill, a BYU commit, then Bailey could’ve had four goals.
Sill saved a penalty kick taken by Bailey, also a BYU commit, early in the first half, but the referee judged that a Davis (11-2, 9-1) defender ran into the penalty box before the kick.
On the retry, Bailey hit it to the same spot and scored. It was the first goal scored against Davis since its 3-1 win against Weber on Aug. 26 and just the fourth goal Davis has allowed this season.
“We really did get lucky with that second chance, but sometimes that’s just how it goes,” Bailey said.
Bailey’s second goal came from open play in the second half. Reese Robinson hit a through ball to the right spot, Bailey got to the ball, held off a defender and scored into the bottom right corner.
“Obviously you appreciate the wins, right? But they came out to play,” Layton coach Tara Ferrin said. “So they came out, stepped up, first to ball, and that’s really I think it gives them this idea of what we need to do going to the last week of region play.”
Sill did well to save another shot from Bailey and prevent the lead from growing to 3-0 a few minutes later. Bailey was absolutely dialed in Thursday, skipping over defenders’ legs, moving past challenges like they were nothing.
Bailey did just that in a slaloming run through the defense late in the game, seeing Sill push aside a hard, low shot that was headed for the corner.
Apart from a couple chances for Davis at the other end that were dealt with by Layton goalkeeper Rilee Godfrey, most of the game’s chances fell to Bailey.
“I think we came in knowing it’s just another game, because we played as a team, stayed level-headed and just knew we had to win first ball,” Bailey said.
Ferrin felt the possession was about 50-50, but said the Lancers didn’t give Davis players any time to build up and find passes to the wings or forwards.
“We talked about being first to ball, so on their passes through, we put pressure on them so they didn’t have any time,” said Ferrin, noting that was the biggest difference she saw in her team compared to the earlier matchup this season that Davis won 1-0.
Had Davis won Thursday, the Darts would’ve clinched a share of the region title and Layton would’ve needed a lot of help to have a chance at a championship.
Instead, the Lancers and Darts both face Syracuse and Fremont next week with the trophy up for grabs.