The Skyline Eagles beat rival Olympus in overtime on Wednesday at Olympus High School. Skyline Junior Midfielder Chris Williams scored the game-winning goal to give Skyline their first win over Olympus since 2009.
“The Olympus versus Skyline game is big no matter what sport or what division,” said Skyline Head Coach Dan Schmidt. “I’m proud of my boys tonight and I’m proud to represent Skyline.”
Olympus scored just 45 seconds into the contest when Richard Horgan found space for the goal. That would be the only time Olympus led in the game. Skyline went on a three goal run throughout the quarter to take a 3-1 lead with 1:37 remaining. Senior Attackmen Matt Hart, Ezra Schofield and Williams each had a goal during the run. Olympus Midfielder Lincoln Neerings scored with 34 seconds left in the quarter, but Skyline, who was unwilling to give up momentum, answered right back when Schofield found the net again with 9 seconds left, making the score after the first quarter 4-2 for Skyline.
Skyline Midfielder Ian Kadish stretched the Eagle lead to three early in the second quarter. Olympus started to string together their passes and showed signs of fight when attackmen Coleman Dunn scored followed by attackmen Walker Murphy to cut the Eagle lead to one with a score of 5-4 at halftime.
Hart scored his second goal of the night in the third quarter when he caught a pass wide open on the crease. Murphy scored again when he caught a shot that had gone wide and attacked the goal forcing a one-on-one with Skyline Goalie Austin Dorius. Murphy faked high and shot low for the goal. Freshman Lane Kadish scored his 9th goal of the season late in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 7-5 lead after three quarters of play.
The Titans wouldn’t go away and were determined to not let the Eagles get the best of them. Midway through the fourth, the Titans found themselves in a 9-6 hole. With 5 minutes left, Olympus shot and Dorius made a huge save that deflected into the air and was collected by Dunn who scored on a behind-the-back shot, boosting the Titan spirits. A minute later, Madsen Murphy scored bringing the Titans within one goal. With 1:30 left in the game, Olympus forced a turnover, cleared and called timeout. Off the restart, the Titans peppered the goal but Dorius stood strong for the Eagles. Dunn found himself with the ball at the top left corner of the box. Dunn ran behind the cage, dancing and dodging along the way, eventually wrapping from behind to find Madsen Murphy. Murphy caught the pass, did a face dodge that left his defender standing still and took it to the cage for the one-on-one goal, tying the game with 1:06 left in the game.
In overtime, Skyline won the face-off but their shot was saved. Olympus cleared and pass around until they took a shot that was backed-up by the Eagles. Skyline cleared the ball and called timeout. On the restart, Williams started with the ball, burned his defender and shot before the slide came and scoring the game-winning goal.
“We had practiced that play before and we were ready for whatever look they through at us,” said Williams. “We lost to them in football last year so it was nice to get the win tonight and send our Seniors out with the W.”
Dorius came up big for Skyline with 10 saves.
“Austin has put in time and has gotten better every single year,” said Schmidt. “He has never beaten Olympus so for him to get the win on their turf, under the lights, is a big deal for him.”
Schofield had 3 goals and an assist for the Eagles while Walker Murphy and Dunn had 2 goals for Olympus.
Skyline will take on West Jordan on Saturday while Olympus hosts Judge on Friday