Sugar-Salem's girls soccer team poses for a photo after winning the 3A district VI title.

Sugar-Salem’s girls soccer team poses for a photo after winning the 3A district VI title.

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Sugar-Salem’s girls soccer team won the 3A district VI title Wednesday beating Teton 1-0 at South Fremont High School.

Ava Rydalch scored the Diggers goal in the sixth minute following a tough Dakota Weekes shot that Teton’s keeper blocked.

Then the Digger defense held for 74 minutes.

“Our defense and midfielders did a really good job of not even allowing shots to get on goal,” Sugar-Salem head coach Scott Terry said. “They did a really good job of stepping up and not allowing anything to even come close to the goal.”

Sugar’s back line of Addi Christensen, Heather Owens, Isabelle Tuttle, Corrine Flaig and substitute Ashylyn Clark powered the shutout defense. Terry said they communicated well with each other and with goalkeeper Brylee Weekes.

“They made sure that they weren’t going to make any mistakes that were going to cost them goals,” Terry said. “They did a good job of marking on people’s backs. They just played really consistently. They didn’t take any chances, any sort of pressure that they didn’t feel comfortable with. They were getting the ball cleared out and resetting as a team.”

Brylee Weekes made six saves in the one-score game.

“There were two in particular that she made really good saves on,” Terry said. “They weren’t really close into our box but they were shots from far out on free kicks and stuff that she saved.”

Both of Sugar’s leading goal scorers, Allie Christensen(22) and Ava Rydalch(14) and of one of their top defenders(Tuttle) are freshmen. That makes for a young squad overall, but their games don’t show it.

“We have young players who can really step up and complement the juniors and seniors that we already have on the team,” Terry said. “It’s huge. You know what you’re going to get out of these juniors and seniors. So to have these younger players step up and play a big role, they really just play beyond their years. This pressure doesn’t even affect them. They don’t know that they’re supposed to be nervous.”

The Diggers have won the district title three out of the last four years with winning the title last season when Sugar went on to take second in state for their third straight year.