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Bobcats Maul Pioneers

The Sky View Bobcats made the long trip down to Utah County to take on the Lehi Pioneers Saturday, and the result made the drive well worth it. The Pioneers gave Sky View all they could handle through much of the physical, tightly-officiated contest, but the Bobcats came out on top with a final score of 14-6.
“This was a big win for us,” said Sky View Head Coach Troy Oldham, “we’re going into a pretty tough week next week and we knew we had to win this one.”
Sky View and Weber LacrosseThe Bobcats came out hot, grabbing two quick goals on a Brock Halling dodge-and-score from X and a Bryant Cannell sweep from the top, burying the shot in the top corner. But Sky View slowed their own momentum by picking up a couple penalties and the Pioneers capitalized when senior attackman Ian Hullinger sent a worm-burner on the man-up play that found the bottom corner of the cage. The intensity then picked up on both sides of the field, with each team’s defense playing hard, resulting in big hits and a couple yard-sale stick checks. Each squad would eventually net one more before the quarter ended, with Sky View up 3-2.
The Pioneers looked like they might give the game away in the second quarter, with Sky View grabbing the early possession and getting lots of shots on goal, but Lehi senior keeper Caleb Wiedmeier made several incredible saves, including an acrobatic kick save to keep his team in the game. However, the Bobcat ride was too much for the Pioneers and Sky View was eventually able to sneak two shots, one a five-hole bouncer from senior midfielder William Hansen, into the goal.
“We played really hard,” reflected Bobcat senior defender Tanner Duryea, “We did everything hard: ride, clear, defense. We learned to keep the pedal down and not let up.”
The physical play continued, resulting in two Lehi penalties, giving Sky View the chance to widen the lead with two good rips from the top of the box by Cannell and junior middie Ben Watteyne. But the Pioneers showed why they’re a D-II contender and pushed back with two goals of their own: a Spencer Blackham scoop-n-score on a rebound and a Brakken Burr man-up goal from the top of the box. The Bobcats would then grab a man-up goal in the waning seconds of the first half to take an 8-4 lead into the break.
“Our defense played with precision,” said Oldham, “even when we were man-down or two-man-down; even the midfield [defense] stepped up.”
Both teams seemed to have exhausted themselves in the first half, causing things to slow for quarter number three. Each side started with an early goal, but then things got sloppy, resulting in six minutes of penalty time in the quarter and only one more goal, when the Bobcat’s Cannell shrugged off his defender and sent a high-heat bouncer to the back of the net, ending the quarter with Lehi trailing 10-5. After an early Sky View penalty in the fourth, the Pioneers looked to get on the comeback trail when Jordan Bursach caught and finished on the crease. But that would be the last of the Pioneer tallies. Sky View’s John Dunn started a Bobcat run to end the game when he ran through two hard checks, drawing a flag, and still managed to bounce a shot into the top corner. The goal seemed to take whatever wind was left in the Pioneer’s sails, and the Bobcats snagged three more to close out the game.
“It felt good,” said junior attackman Brock Halling, “Our man-up did good things and we kept shutting them down, giving the momentum back to us.”
The Pioneers will have a chance to quickly get back on track as they host Highland at home next Tuesday, March 25, and Sky View will have a tough test the same day as they host Ogden Conference frontrunner Bonneville.

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