BOUNTIFUL — The goal at the start of every season is to show improvement every single day.
So although neither team came away with a win, for Viewmont boys soccer coach Dave Wigham and Alta coach Lee Mitchell, their 1-1 tie on Wednesday afternoon was still a success.
"Alta is a great team, great tradition, great program, great coach," Wigham said. "We knew what we were getting into. That's why we scheduled them. You're not going to get better unless you play the best, and that's what we did today."
Both squads put together a solid defensive effort, keeping the opposition at bay with the exception of two critical plays.
The Hawks, who had already played to two ties going into the match with Viewmont, scored first with a goal in stoppage time at the end of the first half.
"Christian (Bain) — our center mid — broke through and they just took him down from behind," Mitchell said, recalling the play. Marshall Miller stepped in to take the penalty kick and gave the Hawks the early lead.
Midway through the second half, the Vikings (2-0-1) came up with the equalizer.
"Lucas (Cawley) called for it. His little brother (Logan), a freshman, passed it to him — it's good to see those two hook up — and Lucas turned, saw the opportunity, and pulled the trigger," Wigham said.
In the 70th minute, Alta sent an open shot toward the goal, but it hit off the crossbar and the Vikings regained control. At the other end of the field, Viewmont had consecutive corner kicks, but Alta goalkeeper Dylan McIllece knocked the attempts away.
"(It's) two really good high school teams going at it," Wigham said. "That's what you expect."
Just three games into the season, Mitchell is pleased with where his team is headed.
"I like our guys. We played hard. We played as a team," he said. "We've got things to work on, of course, but I liked the effort and I liked what we did out there. A lot of the things we did we created some chances for ourselves. We defended well."
Wigham, meanwhile, added that there was success for his squad in the draw.
"We're getting there," he said. "We don't want to be playing our best ball in March. We want to get better and better and better. That's our goal: Get better every day."
Sarah Thomas earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. She has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008.
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