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Prep soccer: Juan Diego's Adam Richardson born to play the game
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At the age of 10 months, Juan Diego senior striker Adam Richardson took his first steps. At 12 months, he took his first steps with a soccer ball.

Though he doesn't remember it, Richardson was a regular on the sideline during practice for Salt Lake's FC Berlin squad, the smallest supporter of his father, Tory, who played for the club until the mid-1990s.

If soccer didn't have a grip on him already, the Westminster-bound athlete truly discovered a passion for the game while attending the 2006 World Cup in German, with his family.

"I'd seen MLS before, but the World Cup was like a combination of the Super Bowl meets NASCAR," said Richardson. "I saw all that excitement and realized then that I wanted to really play this game."

Richardson entered the Juan Diego school system in middle school, then burst onto the prep soccer scene with 18 goals and an all-state campaign while leading Juan Diego into the Class 3A championship game in 2011.

"Adam was a late bloomer and he grew a lot between his sophomore and junior year," said Tory Richardson.

The Richardsons watched their son turn from skinned knees and grass stains into one of the most electric scorers in Utah prep soccer.

Richardson achieved the first hat trick of his career with four goals against Grantsville in April 2011, then duplicated the feat 22 days later against the same team.

This season, after scoring four goals in his first five games, Richardson caught fire again with three goals against Uintah. Six days later, his fourth career hat trick meant just a little more than the rest, as it came in a 3-1 win over the Soaring Eagle's biggest rival, Judge Memorial.

"The first one last year was exciting. Just the feeling of knowing you can do it kind of brings an ease to how I thought about scoring," he said. "I had a lot of help from my teammates along the way, and I couldn't think of a better way to end my career against Judge."

While father and son share a love and passion for the game, Susan Richardson keeps it all in perspective.

"When he's scoring, I can't help but feel pure joy and excitement. But at the end of the day, I remind him he was given a gift and not to take it for granted," she said.

Entering the week, Adam Richardson had 13 goals on the season, and eight in four recent games. —

Big number

4The Bingham softball team suffered its first loss of the season, 2-0 to Bear River, and while this wasn't a numbers game, the one number that did stand out was the four errors committed by the Bingham defense.

Big player

Brighton junior Kylie Everill • Everill usually finds a way to get her efforts in the box score. She displays her prowess at the plate, entering the week with three home runs, two triples and six doubles. And when she's not playing the field, she's on the mound as one of Brighton's starting pitchers.

Big game

Lehi at Bingham in boys soccer • Friday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m. It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for Bingham in Region 4 play, as the Miners are 1-1-1. Lehi was sailing along through a perfect season until Lone Peak nipped the Pioneers in overtime. Bingham will be looking to gain ground on Lehi, while the Pioneers will be looking to shake off a one-game slump.

Prep soccer • Juan Diego standout making most of his long-nurtured talent.
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