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Box Elder Comeback Falls One Goal Short vs Lehi

The 5-seed Box Elder Bees and 1-seed Lehi Pioneers faced off on a stormy Thursday night in Timpview’s beautiful stadium. However, the rain, wind, and thunder weren’t half as exciting as what happened on the field. Lehi took a commanding lead into the fourth quarter, up 10-4, and looked like they would cruise to victory–the Bees had other plans. About halfway through the fourth, Box Elder found their second wind and started a furious comeback bid started by a high-heat rip from Isaac Houghtalen. The Bees put in four more in quick succession–including another one from Houghtalen, two from Waylon Pyatt, and catch-and-finish on the crease from Chance Young–bringing the Bees to within a single point with just one minute left on the clock. Lehi came up with a huge ground ball on the ensuing faceoff and was able to kill much of the clock, but a tough Bee double-team put the ball back in Box Elder’s sticks; a failed clear, however, would be the last nail in the coffin for the Bees’ season as Lehi regained possession and bled the clock dry, winning 10-9.
“It was way closer than we would’ve liked,” said Lehi head coach Daniel Sisneros, “We haven’t been in that situation [of being up by many goals] a lot this season…it got us a little bit out of our game–we were rushing a bit…but our guys finished strong…that’s the most fired-up I’ve seen our team all season.”
Lehi played strong on defense for most of the game–yielding three early goals in the first, but just one in the second and third quarter combined. Heavy-hitters on offense for the Pios were Jordan Bursach, who netted four on the evening, and Braden Smith who completed a hat trick in the first half.
Beyond their scorers in the fourth quarter, Box Elder also got a strong performance from Class-C face-off MVP Waylon Pyatt at the center X, giving the Bees almost every draw, and goalkeeper Seth Bott who made some critical saves in the fourth quarter to fuel the comeback attempt.
“I’m excited [to play Westlake in the final],” commented Coach Sisneros, “It was a great game back at our place early in the season, and I guarantee it’s going to be a great game again.”
The first-seeded Lehi Pioneers will face the second-seeded Westlake Thunder in the Boys Class-C Championship Game this Saturday, May 21, at 10:00 AM at Brighton High School.

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