On a clear cold night, the Alta Hawks traveled up to Olympus looking to get back on track after their loss to Bingham in their last game. Meanwhile Olympus was looking to get off to a good start with their season opener. Alta came out on top with an 11-6 win.
The game started fast, with Chase Oviatt of Alta striking first to start the game and was controlled the whole way by Alta following his strong play. Olympus helped out the Alta offense with multiple failed clears that lead to goals by Midfielder Matt Hunter and Attackman Connor Pyle who scored two quick strikes on precise team passing that left the goal wide open for him to attack on.
Olympus started the second quarter with position of the ball and a man down. After failing to possess the ball, Oviatt found the back of the net again on a broken defense where he found himself alone behind the defense. That was quickly followed up with a wild fast break where Pyle found the back of the net to give Alta a very comfortable lead; however Olympus would rally back in the second quarter. Olympus was led by Bridger Fisher who scored the first goal of the game for Olympus by face dodging his midfielder and stinging the back of the net. Olympus was helped by a wild second quarter of play by the Alta Hawks that led to multiple man-up situations and extra positions for the Titans. Olympus ended up pulling within a goal at 7-6 just before half but Oviatt struck again when he drove goal line and spun back, making a shovel shot around Olympus Goalie Ben Schettler to end the half with Alta in the lead 8-6.
Olympus stayed in the game with their very strong face-off play in the first half where they won 11 of 16. However that wasn’t enough for Olympus who just didn’t have an answer to Alta in the second half. Alta controlled the game with controlled possessions and precise scoring. On defense, Alta stepped up immensely in the second half, only allowing one shot on goal. Alta’s offense was lead by Oviatt yet again in the second half with multiple outside rips that found the back of the net.
Schettler ended the game with 10 saves while he did everything he could to keep Olympus in the game. Meanwhile Alta Goalie Dakota Crismon ended the game with 5 saves after turning away the only shot he saw in the second half.
Alta Head Coach Kevin Perkins was pleased with his team’s performance.
“The team executed the game plan in the first and fourth quarter,” said Perkins. “We let them back in there in the second quarter and after minor adjustments we came out playing our game.”
Alta will have to wait to build on this win until March 18 when they face Pleasant Grove. Olympus on the other hand hopes to get redemption when they face-off against Herriman on Thursday.
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