Cedar smothered the powerful Soaring Eagle offense and ended their 12-game winning streak. Juan Diego (15-3-3), the two-time 3A defending champion, averaged scoring over three goals per match this season (3.37 in 18 contests) while Cedar’s defense averaged allowing less than one goal per game this season (0.74) in 18 matches as well.
Anchoring the great Cedar defense is keeper Tara Shipp. Shipp registered her seventh shutout that helped propel her team into the 3A Championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday at 1:30 PM.
On the offensive side, Makayla Warby scored the game’s only goal in the last two minutes to give Cedar the 1-0 score; it was Warby’s eighth goal of the season.
Cedar (13-3-3) won the Region 9 title for the first time this season, and now has a chance to bring home a 3A Title, something that outsiders may not have thought possible. They have not lost a match since a 2-1 loss to Pine View back on September 1, and the Lady Reds have only allowed six goals in the last 12 matches.
Cedar’s opponent in today’s title match, the Ogden Tigers (16-2), defeated Park City 2-1 to advance and face Cedar in the title match. Ogden is on a remarkable run as well, winning its last 15 matches including being a Region 9 eliminator. The Tigers beat Desert Hills and Snow Canyon in the first two rounds and now face another team from southern Utah. They have a stingy defense too, having allowed only four goals in the remarkable 15-game winning streak it is currently on.
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