In a solid performance all around, the Lone Peak Knights were able to take down last year’s runner-up, the Alta Hawks. The Knights looked good and had the lead the entire game. They took home this quality win by the score of 12-8.
“Our boys came out and showed heart,” commented Lone Peak Head Coach Marlan Coe. “We’ve won a lot of games up to this point. A lot of people said we’ve had a soft schedule and Alta was going to be the test for us and they put up a great game. But our boys played well.”
Very early in the game, Alta was looking good offensively. Lone Peak struggled to complete their first two clears. But after getting that out of the way, Lone Peak played with precision the rest of the game. Knights Attackman Aaron Fjeldsted scored the opening goal of the game, the first of four for Fjeldsted. The goal was assisted by attackman Mac Jones. Alta answered back with a transition goal by attackman Harrison Waddoups. Each team picked up one more goal by the end of the quarter.
Lone Peak scored their first goal early in transition, picked up by midfielder Tanner Sheide. Less than a minute later, Fjeldsted scored his second goal on a trick play. Fjeldsted faked a pass to midfielder Jake Stout. The pass caught everyone on the field off guard as Stout really sold the play. After Stout caused a diversion, Sheide took an outside shot, uncontested by Alta, for a goal.
“Aaron Fjeldsted had a great game offensively,” said Coe. “The rest of it was a team effort. Our defense, man by man did exactly what we asked them to, which was to shut them down.”
In the second quarter, Lone Peak really picked up their rides. They were able to stop several clears and even picked up a goal of one of the intercepted passes. The Knights outscored the Hawks 5-1 in the quarter.
Lone Peak’s excellent play continued into the third quarter. As in the previous two quarters, the ball was on the Knight’s offensive side of the field much of the quarter. They continued to play their game. They worked the ball around the goal patiently until a play emerged. They knew how to wait for the right opportunities. They outscored the Hawks 4-2 in the third, including two goals in man-up situations.
In the final quarter, down 11-5, Alta began to shift their game. Defensively, they put more pressure on the Knights, forcing a few turnovers and creating more opportunities on offense. They began to play more physical and tightened up their shooting. Whaddoups continued to perform well and create plays. But in the end, it wasn’t enough to make up the deficit that Lone Peak presented them. The Knights came out on top, 12-8.
“It’s huge. To win at Alta. This is a first ever win for Lone Peak against Alta. To do it in this fashion is special,” commented Coe.
Alta is scheduled to play against Jordan (3-5) on April 23. Lone Peaks next challenge will be against Timpanogos on April 22. Timpanogos is sitting at 3-7 for the season so far.