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Girls 2016 D-II Semifinal Sneak Peek

The Girls D-II semifinals will be played this Tuesday, May 17 at Alta High School in Sandy at 6:00 and 7:30 pm. With the top four seeds all remaining, including last year’s champ Roy, there’s no clear favorite for the D-II crown. Look at the match-ups to see what we mean:
No. 1 Olympus vs. No. 4 Roy
Olympus TitansOlympus Logo
Path to Semis: 1st round bye, beat Woods Cross 12-11
Goals per Game: 9.7 Goals Allowed per Game: 10.2
Record vs D-II Teams: 5-0 Streak: Won 2
Roy RoyalsRoy Logo
Path to Semis: 1st round bye, beat Skyline 11-2
Goals per Game: 10.4 Goals Allowed per Game: 7.3
Record vs D-II Teams: 4-2 Streak: Won 2
Head-to-Head: Olympus won 14-7
By the numbers, Olympus looks like the dominant and clear favorite in this contest. However, these teams played very early in the year and Roy has used the regular season to improve by leaps and bounds, winning six of their last seven (the lone loss an overtime game against D-I Copper Hills). The Titans will look to use two halves of steady pressure on the offensive end, while the Royals will depend on a strong defense and big transition goals to get the momentum.
No. 2 Juan Diego vs. No. 3 Viewmont
Juan Diego Soaring EagleJuan Diego Lacrosse
Path to Semis: 1st round bye, beat Davis 12-10
Goals per Game: 8.0 Goals Allowed per Game: 10.2
Record vs D-II Teams: 5-0 Streak: Won 1
Viewmont VikingsViewmont Vikings
Path to Semis: 1st round bye, beat Pleasant Grove 9-8
Goals per Game: 11.6 Goals Allowed per Game: 6.2
Record vs D-II Teams: 4-1 Streak: Won 1
Head-to-Head: First Meeting
Juan Diego hasn’t met a D-II team yet that’s been able to best them, but Viewmont’s astounding margin of victory, averaging wins by almost 6 goals per contest, can’t be ignored. The Vikings statistically have the best offense in D-II, and their defense is no slouch, either. The Soaring Eagle have played one of the toughest schedules of any D-II team and are used to stiff competition, so the match-up shouldn’t be anything they haven’t seen before. Pacing will be key in this contest–if Juan Diego can slow things down and control the tempo, they have a good chance at the win, but if Viewmont can push the ball up field and take advantage of unsettled situations, they’ll have the edge.
Comment and tell us who you think will end up in the D-II finals.

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