The Skyline Eagles came prepared for a playoff game against the Lehi Pioneers. The Pioneers struggled throughout the game to connect and in the end could not keep pace with Skyline. The Eagles came out on top, winning 13-4.
From the first face-off of the game, the Eagles were ready to fight for advancement deeper into the playoffs. They dominated possession of the ball and started firing. Christopher Williams and Bert Merrill really stood out in the first, and throughout the game.
The Eagles scored 4 goals in the first, but they did not come easy. Although they were able to set up great offensive plays, Lehi goalie Caleb Wiedmeier made some great saves. The Pioneers were held scoreless in the first.
Lehi was certainly determined not to let the next quarter be like the first. After Skyline midfielder Ian Kadish scored the fifth goal, Lehi attackman Ian Hullinger scored the team’s first goal of the game. Lehi was able to score once more in the second, but Skyline had added 4 more goals to their total, putting them up 8-2 at the half.
Lehi was once again held scoreless in the third quarter, but they had improved their game quite a bit. They only allowed 2 goals from Skyline in the quarter. Skyline’s defense was playing phenomenally in the third, contributing to Lehi’s lack of goals.
The Eagles again began the fourth quarter scoring, bringing the total to 13-2. Lehi goalie Wiedmeier really stood out again in the final quarter, making some amazing saves on high-percentage shots.
In the final minutes of the game, Lehi’s offense really started to click. They were making plays that they could not put together previously in this contest and they scored twice more. Despite such an improvement, the clock quickly expired and the Eagles won 13-4.
“Coming into this game, we knew Lehi was well-coached and we would have to come out and execute in all facets,” said Skyline Head Coach Dan Schmidt. “That is what we did from the opening whistle to the final horn. It didn’t matter if the starters were in, or some of the guys deeper on the bench. The expectations are the same and they executed at an extremely high level. I couldn’t be more proud of the boys.”
Williams ended with 4 goals and 5 assists for the Eagles. Merrill scored a goal and picked up two assists. Ian Kadish had two goals for Skyline.
Skyline will move on to face the No. 3 seeded Waterford Ravens on Wednesday at Timpview. Only two weeks ago the Ravens and Eagles matched up and Skyline came out on top, winning the game 8-7 in overtime.
“I am excited to play Waterford,” said Schmidt. “They are the most disciplined, well-coached team in the state. They really test you to be up to your best game. It’s going to take our best game to get past them. We beat them in overtime earlier, so there is definitely that revenge factor from their side. We are just going to have to come out and execute and hope some of the bounces go our way.”