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Boys 2016 Class-C Semifinal Sneak-Peek

The Boys Class-C semifinals will be played this Thursday, May 19, and will return only one team from last season’s final four. Box Elder, last year’s runner-up, will be joined by Lehi, Westlake, and Viewmont who all visit the Class-C semis for the first time:
No. 1 Lehi vs. No. 5 Box Elder
Lehi PioneersLehi Lax Logo
Path to Semis: 1st round bye, beat Woods Cross 18-2
Goals per Game: 9.6 Goals Allowed per Game: 11.9
Record vs Class-C Teams: 3-1 Streak: Won 3
Box Elder BeesBox Elder Logo
Path to Semis: 1st round bye, beat Highland 15-6
Goals per Game: 6.3 Goals Allowed per Game: 13.1
Record vs Class-C Teams: 3-3 Streak: Won 1
Head-to-Head: First Meeting
The Pioneers just missed the cut to make the Class-B bracket, making them the favorite to win it all in class C. Despite a rough season, the Pioneers played some good teams close and had a host of one-goal losses. The Bees, on the other hand, had a rocky start to the season, but seem to have gotten better throughout and righted the ship and the right time. Box Elder will count on Class-C faceoff MVP Waylon Pyatt to get them possessions, but will need a monumental effort at every position if they plan to upset the balanced play of the Pioneers who have sound play at every position.
No. 2 Westlake vs. No. 3 Viewmont
Westlake ThunderWestlake Logo
Path to Semis: 1st round bye, beat Wasatch 10-2
Goals per Game: 9.1 Goals Allowed per Game: 7.3
Record vs Class-C Teams: 8-0 Streak: Won 2
Viewmont VikingsViewmont Vikings
Path to Semis: 1st round bye, beat Desert Hills 12-6
Goals per Game: 7.6 Goals Allowed per Game: 9.1
Record vs Class-C Teams: 5-0 Streak: Won 1
Head-to-Head: First Meeting
The Thunder are more familiar with Class-C than anyone else, having run roughshod through eight of the ten teams during the season. One of the two teams they didn’t face, however, was Viewmont, who is also undefeated against Class-C competition in five games. Both of these teams have had similar seasons, upsetting a team here and there and playing tough against higher-class squads. Westlake has a stout defense and is good at taking advantage of unsettled and transition situations to put up points. Viewmont’s schedule has been a little tougher, so their numbers may not show it as well, but the Vikings’ strength is on the offensive end; this gives us a strength-against-strength match-up between Viking offense and Thunder defense, meaning the game could come down to how the teams perform on the opposite end of the field.

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