The Emery Lady Spartans delivered a soccer season full of ups and downs as they finished the season with a 10-8 overall record and trip to the quarterfinals in the 3A State Championship Tournament.

The season began with a slow start as Emery dropped their three first games of the season. The team logged their first win of the season with a 5-0 victory over South Summit on Aug. 27.

From that point on Emery continued to play at a high level, winning eight-out-of-ten, including a 3-2 victory in the final game of the season against Region 12 champ Carbon.

After receiving a first round bye, they went on the road and defeated the No. 7 seed Grantsville 3-1 in the second round.

Below is a complete recap of each game in the 2019 season:

August 7- North Sanpete- Loss 1-0

The Emery Lady Spartans suffered a 1-0 loss to the North Sanpete Hawks in the season opener in Castle Dale.

A tight defensive battle throughout, the two teams entered the break locked in a scoreless tie. North Sanpete junior Aspen Clayton delivered the game’s only goal in the second half to secure the win for the Hawks.

Despite being shutout, Emery encountered success on the offensive side of the ball by attempting 12 shots on goal.

Goalkeeper Kiri Cook recorded five saves for the Lady Spartans in the setback. As a team North Sanpete finished with six shots on goal.

August 9- Juab- Loss 3-1

Still searching for that first victory of the season, Emery would travel to Nephi to face the Juab Wasps.

Junior Alexis Winter scored the lone goal for the Spartans.

August 16- Parowan- Loss 4-3 (OT)

In a non-conference match-up, the Spartans would head to Parowan for a contest against the Rams. And even with three different ladies scoring Emery would fall short in overtime 4-3.

Sydney Stilson, Sophie Huntington and Teryn Allred each scored single goals and Kiri Cook had 17 saves in the loss.

August 22-Granger- Loss 2-0

Playing another non-conference game the Emery Spartans headed to Granger to face the Lancers. Granger, a team from the 6A class shut down the Spartans taking the 2-0 victory.

Teryn Allred and Sydney Stilson each had two shots on goal, and Kiri Cook registered 12 saves in the loss.

August 27- South Summit- Win 5-0

Sydney Stilson found the back of the net twice as the Emery Lady Spartans earned their first win of the season in a 5-0 lopsided victory over South Summit in Castle Dale.

Entering without a win in four contests to start the season, Emery wasted no time getting out in front. Going into the break with a 3-0 lead, the Lady Spartans continued to pour it on by adding two more goals in the final stanza.

Aspen Hansen, Kiralyn Olsen and Tenyson Allred all scored once. The five goal output marked the strongest offensive performance of the season for Emery.

Goalkeeper Kiri Cook recorded the shutout in the crease for Emery. Ending with five saves, Cook played all 90 minutes at the position in the win.

Now 1-4 on the season the Lady Spartans will look to keep the momentum going as they travel on the road for a non-region contest with the Millard Eagles.

August 29- Millard- Loss 2-1

The Emery Lady Spartans ended non-conference play with a road loss to the Millard Eagles 2-1. Going 1-5 overall through their first six games, Emery will be looking forward to playing some familiar foes in Region 12.

With losses on their non-region schedule from teams like North Sanpete, Juab, Parowan and 6A Granger, the Spartans seemed to get on track with the 5-0 victory over South Summit. The Eagles scored two goals in the first half and never looked back.

Millard powered their way through last season making it all the way to the 2A semi-finals losing to the eventual state champion, Waterford. This season they are sitting at 6-2.

Next up for Emery is Grand. Last season the Red Devils went 4-6-1 overall and 2-5-1 in region, Emery dropped the first match 5-1 and then both teams played to a 2-2 tie in the second game

September 3- Grand- Win 5-0

The Emery Lady Spartans soccer club opened up region play on the road in Moab against Grand High School, coming home with a 5-0 victory.

The non-region part of the schedule was not kind to the Spartans who have been playing since early August going 1-5 in that stretch. A rough non-conference schedule has them ready to go against division competition.

Junior Alexis Winter lead the Spartans with two goals. Junior Sydney Stilson, sophomore Aspen Hansen and senior Sophie Huntington all scored one goal each for Emery, as a team they scored four goals in the first half. Senior Kiri Cook is credited with the shutout.

September 5- South Sevier- Win 6-2

The Emery Spartan Ladies soccer team traveled to Monroe, defeating the South Sevier Rams 6-2. The Spartans are currently 3-5 overall and 2-0 in Region 12 play tied with Carbon.

The Spartans have been looking for consistency lately winning three of their last four games and are in to the conference part of the schedule.

It was a definite team effort as six different players scored goals in the game against the Rams. Seniors Makieya Bertuzzi, Shelbee Murdoch and Teryn Allred along with junior Alexis Winter and sophomores Tylee Norton and Taija Olsen rounded out the scoring for the Spartans. Scoring three goals in each of the halves,while defensively they surrendered just two goals.

September 10-San Juan- Win 2-0

Two second half goals was enough to propel the Emery Lady Spartans to their third consecutive win, topping the San Juan Broncos 2-0 in Castle Dale.

Alexis Winter scored not once, but twice for Emery. In three region games Winter has found the back of the net five times.

Entering the tilt with dominating region wins over Grand and South Sevier, the Lady Spartans continued to soar defensively. Goalkeeper Kiri Cook has now recorded two shutouts in three region games, helping Emery to a 3-0 division record.

Now 4-5 overall, Emery currently holds the No. 11 spot in the latest Utah High School Activities Association RPI rankings.

The Lady Spartans will look to continue their winning ways when they welcome in the Richfield Wildcats. Despite holding the No. 3 spot in the RPI standings, the Wildcats suffered a loss to the Carbon Dinos.

September 12- Richfield- Win 3-2

The Lady Spartans took care of Richfield 3-2 to raise their region record to 4-0. The victory against the Wildcats sets the stage for Emery’s matchup with Carbon next week.

Led on the field by junior Alexis Winter with two goals and senior Teah Lowrey with one, the Spartans and the Wildcats scored all of their goals in the first half as the second half was a defensive battle.

Emery is now on a four game winning streak and currently ranked 11 in the 3A RPI standings just outside of the top 10. Carbon and Richfield are the only teams in the region in the top 10.

The Spartans are looking to make some noise in Region 12 as they head down the stretch as the game against the Dinos will mark the halfway point in the conference portion of the schedule.

September 17- Carbon- Loss 2-1

The Carbon Lady Dinos have taken sole possession of first place in Region 12 with a 2-1 victory over the Emery Lady Spartans at Carbon High School.

Entering the contest as the only two teams left unbeaten in Region 12 play, both teams battled throughout the contest. Carbon entered the break holding a 1-0 lead and managed to play even with the Spartans during the final half.

Jezmin Pettit and Kayla Barney each found the back of the net once to lead the Lady Dinos in victory. The win moves Carbon to 5-0 in region play, while also extending their nine on the season.

The loss for Emery ends a four game winning streak that began at the start of divisional play. With a marquee win over Richfield, the Lady Spartans still remain in the hunt for a region crown.

September 19- Grand- Win 4-1

Emery got back to their winning ways against Grand in a conference match-up in Castle Dale. Frah off the 2-1 loss at the hand of Carbon just two days prior, the Lady Spartans came out firing, taking the contest 4-1.

Led by junior Alexis Winter with two goals the Spartans were methodical in picking apart the Grand defense. Makieya Bertuzzi and Aspen Hansen rounded out the scoring for Emery.

September 24-South Sevier- Win 5-0

The Emery Lady Spartans protected home field with a dominating 5-0 win over the South Sevier Rams, completing the season series sweep in the process.

For the fourth consecutive outing junior Alexis Winter scored at least two goals as Emery found success early and often. The win improves the Lady Spartans to 6-1, keeping them safely in second place and one game out of first.

In a well rounded offensive effort Aspen Hansen, Shelbee Murdoch and Teah Lowery all found the back of the net once. Defensively Emery was led by goalkeeper Kiri Cook, who recorded her third shutout of the season.

Still in the hunt for the Region 12 championship, the Lady Spartans remain one game back of Carbon for the top spot in the division. With only three games remaining on the regular season slate the final three games will decide the division crown.

September 26- San Juan- Win 2-1

The Emery girls soccer squad held off the San Juan Broncos on the road 2-1 to earn another conference win.

October 1- Richfield- Loss 6-2

The Emery Lady Spartans soccer club faced off against the Wildcats from Richfield. After a hard fought match the Wildcats came away with the win 6-2. Emery is now sitting at 8-7 overall and 7-2 in the Region 12 standings.

Alexis Winter and Nya Parkins scored the only goals for the Spartans in this match and they both came in the second half. The Wildcats (11-4, 6-3) scored three goals in each half on their way to the win.

Emery currently sits in second place in region standings with Richfield right behind them. The final RPI standings for 3A soccer will be out on October 11 and that will give us the seeding for the state tournament that will begin on October 12.

October 3- Carbon- Win 3-2

The Emery Lady Spartans closed out the 2019 regular season with an impressive 3-2 victory over the Carbon Lady Dinos in Castle Dale on Senior Night.

Needing a win over the Region 12 champion Lady Dinos to solidify second place in the division, Emery played a near flawless first half. While Carbon continued to press, the Emery defense did just enough to hold on.

Nya Parkins delivered two goals for the Lady Spartans, while Aspen Hansen found the back of the net once.

October 16- Grantsville- Win 3-1

In their first game of the 3A State Championship Tournament, the Lady Spartans would face the Grantsville Cowboys the No. 7 seed with an overall record of 11-6 and 6-4 in region. Emery would take the match 3-1 to advance to the quaterfinal round.

The Spartans entered the tournament as the No. 10 seed with a record of 10-7 overall and a conference record of 8-2. Emery is on quite a tear lately, winning five of their last six matches and might be peaking at the right time headed into their next match.

Up next for the Spartans is a rematch of sorts with the Judge Memorial Bulldogs, the No. 2 seed. Judge sent Emery home last year in the playoffs after a 4-0 loss. Judge would eventually go all the way to the championship game only to be defeated by the Morgan Trojans. The Bulldogs lost 11 seniors off of last years squad, but are still a force, registering records of 13-3 overall and 8-2 in region.

October 19- Judge Memorial- Loss 8-0

The Emery Ladies Soccer Club traveled to Salt Lake to take on Judge Memorial in the quarterfinals of the 3A State Championship Tournament. In a re-match of a quarterfinal contest from last year the Spartans would fall 8-0 to the Bulldogs ending their 2019 campaign.

The Bulldogs came out fast scoring five goals in the first half. They were lead by sophomore Caeli Sherman who scored three goals in the game. Sophomore Lucy Callahan added two as did senior Sophia Ewing, junior Emily Gonzales-Trujillo added one more to round out the scoring. Judge will play defending State Champion Morgan next, the two teams faced off last year in the 3A Finals with Morgan winning 1-0.

Statistical Leaders:

Number

Name

Goals

15

Alexis Winter

12

23

Aspen Hansen

5

6

Sophie Huntington

3

4

Nya Parkins

2

1

Sydney Stilson

2

11

Teryn Allred

2

18

Makieya Bertuzzi

2

24

Teah Lowery

2

13

Shelbee Murdoch

2

 

Number

Name

Assists

11

Teryn Allred

3

1

Sydney Stilson

2

6

Sophie Huntington

2

23

Aspen Hansen

1

20

Kiralyn Olsen

1

4

Nya Parkins

1

15

Alexis Winter

1

Number

Name

Points

15

Alexis Winter

25

23

Aspen Hansen

11

6

Sophie Huntington

8

11

Teryn Allred

7

1

Sydney Stilson

6

 

Number

Name

Saves

0

Kiri Cook

82

All-State Honors:

Emery High School senior goalie Kiri Cook was named to the 3A All-State Second Team after a standout soccer season in 2019, leading two individual awards for the Lady Spartans.

Playing in 17 games this season, Cook finished with three shutouts from the goalie position. Aside from the three shutouts Cook and the Lady Spartans allowed just one goal on three separate occasions, including a 3-1 win over Grantsville in the opening round of the 3A State Tournament.

The Second-Team All State selection comes for Cook following an Honorable Mention in 2018.

Senior midfielder Sophia Huntington was tabbed with an Honorable Mention as she finished with two goals on the season.

Academic All-State Honors:

Ashley Morgan, Katie Nelson, Kiri Cook, Sophia Huntington and Teryn Allred were part of the 14 member 3A All-State list.

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