Summit Academy soccer is strong in first year
Summit Academy High School in Bluffdale made an impact in its first full season of varsity sports competition. The Bears girls soccer team finished this season by competing in the state tournament 2A quarterfinals.
Most of the Bears soccer team had never met as the season began, and head coach Jess Griffin knew she had to find ways for her team to work together. As the season progressed, she knew it was working.
“These girls come from all over. Most of the girls didn’t even know each other’s names. They really grew together. We knew we had to have them play together, so we worked on passing to start with, and they started to get a good feeling for playing together,” Griffin said.
The team had team dinners and hung out together to learn to work together.
The Bears won the first ever varsity game in school history 8-0 over Grantsville on Aug 9. The wins kept coming as they won their next two straight games, over Roy 3-2 and Layton Christian 9-1. They then lost to St. Joseph 5-1 before winning their next five in a row (Maeser Prep 6-2, Rowland Hall 3-1, Legacy Prep 8-1, South Summit 4-0 and Waterford 2-1).
The team finished the season 10-3 with a loss to Manti 1-0 in the 2A quarterfinals on Oct. 13.
Junior Chelsey Keefer led the team in scoring with 17 goals; that ties her for the most in the 2A division.
The team’s defense was led by junior Morgan Fox. She scored four goals on the season and helped keeper Alyssa Mackay get three shutouts.
“Morgan was a team leader. She was able to read the ball even before the play happened,” Griffin said.
Freshman Cat Ward was a surprise to Griffin. She earned playing time as the season progressed.
“We were amazed at Ward’s power. We had to play her on the varsity team,” Griffin said.
Griffin said this season was a success and is excited for next season.
“We walked out with our heads up because we know what we have for next season,” she said.