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Fourth Quarter Run Gives Copper Hills Win Over East

Copper Hills LogoA torrential downpour and thunderstorm Friday afternoon threatened the match-up between Copper Hills and East. However, clouds parted just in time and the Leopards met the Grizzlies in an intense battle. In a game that had stayed very close throughout, it was in the fourth quarter when Copper Hills went on a 6-0 run to claim a quarterfinal victory in Boys Class B.
“For some reason,” commented Copper Hills Head Coach Scott Park, “[we] like to start really slow and then during the fourth quarter we make a little run; and that’s what’s been getting us these wins.”
The Grizzlies, however, wasted no time scoring their first goal of the game. Midfielder LeRoy Sandberg scored the team’s first goal coming off the opening faceoff. Withing the next couple minutes defender Nathan Davis scored one of his own on a fast break. Being down two early in the game did not slow the Leopards down. For the remainder of the quarter East dominated possession of the ball. Despite such control, however, Copper Hills’ tight defense held them off and East was unable to score in the first quarter.
The Leopards returned to the field with a continued strength and quickly was able to convert. Midfielder Andrew Wilkinson notched the team’s first goal, keeping East down by just one. Grizzly attackman Tanner Skadburg then began what would be a second-quarter hat trick. East kept it close and by the end of the quarter Copper Hills owned a 5 to 3 lead.
As weather continued to improve the game began to turn around for the Leopards. In the third quarter it was East’s turn to hold the Grizzlies scoreless. In the mean time, East put in three more goals of their own including a man-up goal scored by attackman Gabe Goorman. This final goal of the third quarter gave East their first lead of the game, and hope to move on to the next round of playoffs.
Going into the final quarter, East began with possession of the ball. Copper Hills was able to regain control of the ball and, soon thereafter, tie up the game. In a matter of seconds, the Grizzlies regained the lead with another goal. With just a one-point margin both teams stepped up their intensity. However, with this increased intensity came an increase in turn overs on both ends of the field. Pushing through this, Copper Hills continued their run with four more goals. Now up 11-6 the Grizzlies held on and again kept the Leopards from scoring. The six-point run gave Copper Hills the solid win over East, advancing them on to the semifinals.
Coach Park continued, “We’ve got to figure out how to play consistent offense all through the game, instead of just relying on the fourth quarter. I don’t know if we wear teams out. It seems like everybody tries to be physical with us. We love teams that are physical.”
The Grizzlies now move on to the Boys B semifinal round. They will take on the Highland Rams. The Rams have had a solid season; they started the season winning their first seven games and ended the regular season with an 11-4 record. The team’s only losses came against teams that ended up in the Class A bracket. With a loss to Herriman earlier in the season, Copper Hills cannot claim the same. However, the Grizzlies are the Class B No. 1 seed. This will prove to be a very close match-up.
Class B Playoff page with scores and bracket.

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