Prep soccer: Weber turns back early deficit at Fremont to secure back-to-back Region 1 titles | News, Sports, Jobs

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Weber players Caleb Graves, facing, and Tyson Brown (21) celebrate a goal against Fremont in a Region 1 boys soccer match Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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Weber’s Danny Jenkins, center, moves through the Fremont defense in a Region 1 boys soccer match Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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Fremont’s Cooper Ulm tries to control the ball in a Region 1 boys soccer match against Weber on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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Fremont’s Jordan Arrington prepares to strike the ball in a Region 1 boys soccer match against Weber on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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Weber’s Collin Jones, left, possesses the ball against Fremont’s Amir Odeh (21) in a Region 1 boys soccer match Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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Weber’s Blake Bybee (24) tries to hold off Fremont defender Tyler Ware (9) in a Region 1 boys soccer match Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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Weber’s Blake Bybee, left, challenges Fremont’s Tyler Ware (9) in a Region 1 boys soccer match Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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Fremont’s Stockton Hunsaker (15) and Weber’s Gage Pack, left, battle for the ball in a Region 1 boys soccer match Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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A Fremont player heads the ball during a Region 1 boys soccer match against Weber on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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Weber’s Collin Jones (8) and Fremont’s Amir Odeh (21) battle during a Region 1 boys soccer match Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

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PLAIN CITY – As good as Weber boys soccer is at sharing the ball – three different players scored on Friday – one thing the Warriors didn’t want to share was the Region 1 championship.

For 2 minutes and 18 seconds there may have been some question, but after that, Weber left little doubt.

Fremont found the net early, but then it was all Warriors, as they scored a trio of goals and secured their second straight region title with a 3-1 victory.

“It’s definitely nice to win the region, but our focus is now going into the playoffs and taking it game by game,” Weber junior Luke Wight said.

The Silverwolves grabbed a 1-0 lead with a goal by freshman Amir Odeh in the 15th minute, but Weber soon countered to tie it at one, a little over two minutes later, on a score by Caleb Graves.

“It was nice to get back in the game that quickly; bounce back and go down there and score a goal, ”Wight said. “That was great to get a goal and get to even… know we can win the game.”

Fremont (7-9-1, 5-7 Region 1) coach Fred Smith lamented his team’s inability to hold the lead.

“We’ve had that happen all year; we’d go up early. Our concern is what’s going to happen after that, ”Smith said. “We need to do a better job of getting another one. I’ve always preached the two-minute rule. It’s usually after two minutes when they’re going to press hard and want to get that goal back. ”

Wight then scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 37th minute to give the Warriors (13-2, 10-2) some momentum going into halftime with a 2-1 lead.

“It was just kind of popped out and I tried to get a shot off as quickly as possible. Somebody on their team got a toe on it and I just directed it to the corner, ”Wight said. “Nice to be in front going into the half and put pressure on them.”

Tyson Brown scored on a header in the 50th minute to make it 3-1, while senior goalkeeper Stockton Short and the Weber defense kept Fremont off the board in the second half.

“Going into the half tied, versus going into the half up one is a huge difference,” Short said. “We came out of halftime with more momentum; we had a lead. All we had to do was hold it to win. ”

Short doesn’t get scored on often and wasn’t about to let another one into the net.

“We missed getting a big clear out; we were there defensively, just kind of had a missed touch, ”Short said. “Obviously I can’t be perfect, but we were so dominant before that goal happened that I knew we were going to get goals back. So, it didn’t affect me that much and I knew our team was never going to give up; I think it was two minutes later we ended up scoring.

“Once we got back to even, I told myself I’m not letting another one in and we’re going to win this game,” he said.

Smith, for one, will not be sad to see Short graduate this year.

“He’s the best. No offense to him, but I can’t wait for him to leave. He’s a great keeper and I say that with all respect to him, ”Smith said.

Short and the Warriors now set their sights on defending their 6A state title.

“Winning region was our first goal,” Short said. “But, in the famous words of Kobe Bryant, ‘job not finished.’ We still have the state championship that we are hungry for. ”

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