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Soaring Eagle Pulls Away From Chargers In Fourth

The Juan Diego-Corner Canyon game Friday night had the feeling of a Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed fight, with Juan Diego coming in ranked #2 and Corner Canyon Ranked #3, and with the playoffs just a few short weeks away. The game played out similarly too. With both teams exchanging punches with counter punches, going back and forth the entire game. Corner Canyon used fantastic ball control and long possessions to stay even with Juan Diego leading into the 4th quarter, but seemed to run out of gas as Juan Diego was able to clamp down and pull away for the 11-7 win.
The teams used two very different styles of play against each other. Juan Diego was fantastic at capitalizing in transition. Corner Canyon’s defense never quite looked comfortable on the move while unsettled, but while set they were able to be stifle Juan Diego even while man-down. The few goals Juan Diego had against their set defense in the first 3 quarters were usually off fantastic individual plays, led by Alec Meyers, who had 4 goals on the night, and Tristan Courtney. On the other hand, Corner Canyon used great ball movement and creative plays and passing to do the bulk of their damage against Juan Diego — especially in their man-up opportunities; on their third man-up opportunity of the first half, the Chargers had fantastic ball movement and off-ball movement that led to Hunter Pehrson finding Max Asay open running towards crease who was able to score on the perfectly executed man up play.
The game went into halftime with a score of Corner Canyon 5 Juan Diego 4. The main difference between them at the half was Corner Canyon having more man-up opportunities and being able to take advantage of them. In the second half, Juan Diego’s defense did a much better job against Corner Canyon’s offense and only allowed 2 more goals — both by Max Asay, who had a terrific game with 4 goals and was the main creator for Corner Canyon on the day.
Juan Diego was able to continue to take advantage in transition but also started to slow down and have longer possessions. Juan Diego coach Holmes said, “We started out slow on offense, but we stayed patient and figured it out. Didn’t force things that weren’t there and pulled it out if the look wasn’t good. Our goalie Sean Edwards had a very good game especially making some big saves at the end. As did our defender Ryan Baker.” Juan Diego closed out a still-close game with 2 great transition goals, one right after the other, to put the game out of reach.
Coach Davis from Corner Canyon’s thoughts on the game: “I don’t feel we were as prepared as we could have been going into this game against a powerhouse team like Juan Diego is this year. That is my fault, and that’s what we’re going to have to do better going forward.”
This win should keep Juan Diego at #2 and Corner Canyon at #3, which could potentially lead to a rematch in the semifinals of the Class-A playoffs — which would make for a very fun rematch to watch.
Corner Canyon plays against Olympus this upcoming Tuesday the 26th in Draper, and Juan Diego Plays at Waterford on Tuesday as well for their next games.

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