The Skyline Eagles defeated the Judge Bulldogs on Monday by the score of 17-9 at the beautiful and spectator friendly Judge Memorial Stadium.Â This game originally scheduled to be a home game for Skyline, was changed to Judge.Â The change of venue had no effect on the Eagles’ play.Â This was a much anticipated game for both teams and some families.Â To some, it could have been coined the “Schiff Showdown,” as senior Hailey Schiff dons a Skyline jersey with her younger sister, sophomore Payton wearing the Bulldog red.Â Father, Alan Schiff an Assistant Coach at Judge is put in a difficult, semi-neutral position as this game plays out.Â For the Schiff’s it did not end in much of a showdown as Payton received two yellow cards in the first half, deeming her ineligible to play for the rest of the game, and the next.
It was a tough but very cordial match up. As a spectator… it was very fun to see the centers from both teams Koko Novak (Judge) and Annie Glenn (Skyline) give each other a big hug as they met at the center line. Both obviously good friends from being teammates on past and traveling teams. The whistle blew to start the game and though safe and fair for the most part, all friendships were put on temporary hold as these competitive teams played it out.
“Tonight’s game was rewarding in many aspects, but if you were able to watch any of it you could see by the way the girls played that they were focused and they wanted to win. They played as a team,” said Skyline Coach Amy Erickson.
Judge came out with a quick 2-0 lead over the Eagles. Skyline quickly answered back with 6 unanswered goals. Both teams fought it out with multiple interceptions on both ends. Judge’s Mary Briggs with a handful of rare goalie interceptions herself. Skyline eventually really got in their grove with phenomenal passing in the midfield and assisting within the 8.Â The first half ended with a score of 11-4 for Skyline.Â Anna Ferreira led Skyline with five goals,Â Annie Glenn and Molly Arnold each tallied four. While, Hailey Schiff and McClain Huntsman had two goals each.Â Sophomore goalie Liza McDowell took the win with four saves.Â For the Bulldogs Chloe Ropner led in goals, while Koko Novak, Ali Clayton, and Campbell Wyasket also put points on the board.
“In our next game against Murray we are expecting to bring the same focus and drive as we had tonight, hopefully even more. We are excited for the match up,” said Erickson.