Canyon View had a lot to celebrate on Thursday.
An 8-0 victory over Carbon, a perfect Region 12 record and they were honoring their seniors. But maybe more importantly they were celebrating the chance to keep on playing.
Every member of the Canyon View team will get to experience their first playoff game when the Falcons take on Pine View next Wednesday in the first round of the 3A playoffs.
“We always seemed to be around, whether it was last year in close games or the year before that and now we have just gotten over the hump in Region 12,” Canyon View head coach Mark Comstock said. “We have won some really good games, and played some really good game.”
Add Thursday’s victory to that list. The Falcons dominated possession against Carbon, keeping the ball in the attacking third the majority of the game, and were able to end the game a little early, invoking the mercy rule with their eighth goal.
While it was Senior Day, it was a junior that may have shined the brightest. MaKayla Mechem scored twice and assisted on three more Canyon View goals, to help the seniors end their last regular season game on a high note.
Her contributions were especially appreciated, because there was little extra nerves for the seniors heading into the game.
“I was actually really nervous at the beginning, but after we scored two times, I thought we got this down,” senior Bethanie Alger said “I am just so glad to be apart of the Canyon View soccer team, it’s been a good experience — a good four years.”
Three of the five seniors found the back of the net including Kailey Cox, who scored for the first time this season.. In the second half, Cox ran to a ball on the left side of the net and was able to send it past the keeper. It was a goal that has been a long time coming.
“Here is a girl that suffered a terrible injury last year,” Comstock said of Cox. “She couldn’t play her whole junior year, fought herself back over the summer, worked her tail off and she’s been trying to find the net all season. She keeps hitting the crossbar for crying out loud, but she earned that goal at the end.”
Following the game Canyon View huddled together and celebrated with their championship trophy. There were hugs, pictures taken, but even though the Falcons were celebrating their graduating class, there were no good-byes said. These girls were lace up the cleats at least one more time.
“Regardless of the results of next week — of course we believe we are going to win — but they have earned a chance to play,” Comstock said. “They earned a chance to play in that atmosphere. They deserve it.”
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