With a 1-0 victory over Syracuse Tuesday afternoon, Weber clinched its first Region 1 championship since 2016.

Nearly two years ago, the Weber High School boys soccer team took home the 6A state title with a 1-0 defeat over Copper Hills. Still defending that state title they took home in 2019, this season’s Weber Warriors boy soccer team accomplished something that that the title-winning team was unable to achieve: win the Region 1 championship.

With a 1-0 victory over Syracuse Tuesday afternoon, defense excelled once again for the Warriors as they clinched their first Region 1 championship since 2016. With the win Weber remained undefeated for the season and snatched the Region 1 title from top challengers Syracuse and Davis, with two more games still to play in the regular season.

The clean sheet was the 11th of the season for the Warriors who have allowed a state-best two goals all season long. Syracuse and Bingham, who have allowed eight goals each, are the closest 6A teams to Weber when it comes to conceded goals.

Weber head coach Jan Swift attributed the success of the state’s best defense to the hard work his players have put in.

“They don’t quit on anything. The only times they’ve taken a breath is the two goals we’ve allowed, but they focus and they work hard,” Swift said.

The defensive performance the Warriors have delivered throughout the season has been a collective effort, but in Tuesday’s game, it was center-back Preston Larson who shined with a display of impressive recovery time and pace while holding down the backline for Weber.

Swift said that on a team chock-full of hard workers, Larson might be the hardest worker of them all.

Larson said that Weber’s comprehensive trust is what makes the team click defensively and as a whole.

“We know that even on scary balls that we can make that pass and trust our teammate to do what they should do with it. We have trust that we’ll get it done and it usually happens,” Larson said.

Swift said that his team’s defense wasn’t necessarily expected to be a strength coming into the season.

“To be honest, when we first started the season, (defense) was our main concern because none of them were starters last season,” Swift said. “But they’ve worked hard, they’ve gelled and they’ve been strong.”

“It feels good, but it’s a small piece of what we’re hoping …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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High school boys soccer: Weber clinches Region 1 title with win over Syracuse

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