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Mustang’s Taylon Niederhauser Proves to be Lehi’s Kryptonite

Taylon Niederhauser
Taylon Niederhauser
It’s been said that lacrosse is a game of runs, and that has never been more evident than in the Friday game between the Mountain Crest Mustangs and the Lehi Pioneers.  And, while the final margin of victory was large, there were several lead changes and it was a two-goal game late that looked like it could go either way.  That’s when Mt. Crest’s Taylon Niederhauser took the game over and pushed the Mustangs to a win, 15-8.
Lehi started with a small run early, netting two goals in the first two minutes of the game and looking like they might run away with the game.  But an athletic Mustang squad flexed their muscles and roared back, putting together a five-goal run of their own that included a short-handed goal from sophomore Dakota Bird and two goals from senior attack Troy Netzley who power dodged through two defenders for one and stung the corner of the goal from the crease for the other.  But the Pioneers would grab a goal of their own and start a run of their own, but the Mustangs were up at the end of the first, 5-3.
The second quarter was all Lehi as the Pioneers continued their run and put three more goals on cage, including back-to-back dodges from behind the crease from senior middie Ryan Johnson.  The Pioneers also blanked the Mustangs on the scoreboard with Lehi junior keeper Caleb Wiedmeier making some great individual saves and preserving a shutout for the quarter and going into the half with the Pioneers now leading 6-5.
The third quarter is where Mustang senior midfielder Taylon Niederhauser began to shine, scoring back-to-back goals on a man-up situation and off an unsettled play.  Lehi Junior attack Ian Hullinger responded with his second goal of the game, but that’s where the Mustangs started to roll.  Mt. Crest went on a three-goal run to end the quarter, including the final two of a hat trick for senior attack Eric Smith and giving Mt. Crest the 10-7 lead.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Mustangs thanks to an amazing performance from Niederhauser who the Pioneers just couldn’t find answer for.  Taylon scored five in the quarter, including four consecutive goals, dodging from the top, cutting to catch and shoot, and finding the loose ball in unsettled situations, all resulting in scores and giving him an outstanding eight goals on the afternoon.
“I was just playing lacrosse,” said Niederhauser of the game, “I just took what I had…you take them one way and then go the other.”
Lehi got one goal in the quarter, but the Pioneers looked tired by the end and had trouble hanging onto the ball, making it impossible for them to mount a comeback and falling 15-8.
Mountain Crest (4-4, 2-0) will play at home in what is sure to be a physical slugfest against American Fork next Wednesay, April 17 and Lehi (6-3, 1-0) will travel to Orem on the same day to play against the Tigers in a key conference match up.

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