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Mustangs Beat Bobcats, Go Undefeated in Conference Play

2013 Chantz Roberts Herriman LacrosseSky View played host to one of Utah’s best D-II teams in a showdown that had the Mustangs of Herriman galloping away with a 8-3 win.
“This was a tough one for us. We believed we had this one. Herriman is a great team with a lot of poise and talent. This was the game we really wanted,” Sky View Head Coach Troy Oldham said. “We didn’t play to our full potential tonight.”
Herriman came out and started the game with three first quarter goals, none prettier than than their second goal scored by Chantz Roberts at 1:55, where midfielder Zach Jutkins blasted a pass from a good 20 yards out, giving Roberts the perfect opportunity to go up 2-0 against the Bobcats.
“We played as a team. We adapted all throughout the game,” Roberts said. “We knew we had to play as a team and not get cocky.”
The first half was really a head-scratcher for anyone who is used to watching Sky View lacrosse. The Bobcats came out looking flat and tired. Sky View was not connecting on passes they usually connect on, and they just could not keep their offensive possessions going.
That is something Herriman did a great job at: Keeping the ball where they wanted it on offense.
With most of their goals coming on long offensive possessions, like the one scored by Sophomore Larry Reynolds, where he and his team waited and waited, until his ability to burst from zero to full speed took Sky View off guard, leading him to cut through three defenders on his way to help his team establish a 3-0 lead.
Sky View needed some offense before things got out of hand, but leave it to Sky View Senior Midfielder Kurtis Jewkes to score a goal to get his team going.
“We knew Herriman was a good team, and those three points they put on us early really hurt us,” Junior Defender Drake Oldham said. “We knew we had nothing to lose, we’re just really excited for the playoffs.”
The second half was a better game for Sky View, but just two goals being scored all half by Herriman, both sides seemed to lack the spark needed to close the game.
“We need to finish games, especially going into the playoffs,” Roberts said.
But with a third quarter goal scored for Sky View by Senior Kyle Jorgensen, the Sky View Bobcats had a second wind, a faint scent of hope. But sadly, it was not enough. With two more goals coming by Herriman, it was just too fast of a start in the beginning to overcome.
This game had its ups and downs for both squads today. But with a fast start, usually comes a better outcome at the end, and that is exactly what happened today with Herriman. They didn’t do anything fancy, just a whole lot of ball control, passing, and keeping the fast paced Bobcats out of the cage.
“It was a tough game, but we played good enough to beat them. Their defense crashed the middle really well,” Herriman Head Coach Mark Roothoff said. “We wanted to be undefeated, that was our goal and we did it against D-II.”
With doing ‘just enough’, the Mustangs finish the season undefeated against their D-II competition, and go into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, while Sky View will now be the No. 3 seed.

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