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Olympus Outplays Pleasant Grove, Claims 8-6 Victory

Olympus Attackmen Madsen Murphy
Olympus Attackmen Madsen Murphy Scoring One of Five Goals

The Olympus Titans beat the Pleasant Grove Vikings by the score of 8-6 on Wednesday at Olympus High School. In a game that was very close from the beginning, the Titans simply executed their game plan, frustrating the Vikings into their lowest offensive output since a 15-6 loss to Judge in 2011.
Pleasant Grove scored first when midfielder Chad Madsen slotted the ball in the back of the net. Madsen followed up with another goal to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter. Olympus continued to stick to their game plan and scored two goals, one by James Mecham and one by Madsen Murphy, to tie the game at 2 after the first quarter.
The Vikings ran a textbook fast break to regain the lead when Jared Ross found Michael Perry who did what he does best; scoring goals. An Olympus hold gave Pleasant Grove a key man-up opportunity which Spencer Merrifield converted. The Titans refused to quit and continued to ride hard and take long possessions. Pleasant Grove found themselves in the penalty box, one of several penalties for the Vikings on the night. Olympus used the whole penalty to find the right shot. Just as the penalty was released, Murphy bounced a shot low and away for the goal. A minute later, the Olympus ride forced a Viking turnover in the middle of the field allowing Mecham to find Murphy who slotted the ball in the 5 hole for the game-tying goal. Olympus controlled the next face-off and continued to tire the Pleasant Grove defense with long possessions. At the 3:58 mark, Olympus Midfielder Jeff Lunt gave Olympus a one goal lead which would hold until halftime.

Olympus Attackmen Madsen Murphy
Olympus Attackmen Madsen Murphy Scoring One of Five Goals c/o Haslam Photography
Pleasant Grove came out of the break ready to take home the victory. Madsen won the the face-off and the Vikings possessed the ball for several minutes but were unable to complete final passes, giving the ball back to Olympus. Several dropped passes in open areas hurt the Vikings. Murphy scored at the 6:47 mark to give the Titans a small lead, making the score 6-4. Olympus Goalie Ben Schettler stepped up big, making two point blank saves in a row, preserving the Titan lead and giving the defense a huge boost of confidence. The Vikings began to get frustrated and committed several unforced errors and silly penalties. A cross-check to the head gave Olympus a man-up opportunity which Murphy capitalized on. While scoring, Murphy drew another penalty giving the Titans a two-man advantage. After a typical face-off scrum, Pleasant Grove was offsides, leaving the Titans with a three man advantage. Olympus Midfielder Lincoln Neerings wasted no time, bouncing a shot in from 10 yards out to give Olympus a 8-4 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Madsen scored twice for the Vikings, once on a man-up opportunity, and the other using his brute strength which restored faith the in Pleasant Grove fans and players. Olympus could feel the heat and were able to successfully stall for several minutes. The Pleasant Grove defenders were deflated, chasing around the speedy Olympus attackmen. The Vikings were finally able to steal the ball and took it to their end of the field where they called timeout with 41 seconds remaining in the game. If any team could score 2 or 3 goals in 41 seconds, it’s Pleasant Grove. After the timeout, Pleasant Grove was able to work the ball around and force a shot, but time ultimately ran out, giving Olympus the 8-4 win.
“Our goalie was outstanding tonight,” said Head Coach Walker Bateman. “He gave the defense confidence with some huge saves.”
Schettler finished the night with 7 saves, most of which were at key moments in the game.
“I just kept my eye on the ball,” said Schettler. “It feels really good to stuff a crease ball and clear it to the offense.”
The Titans were perfect in nearly ever facet of the game, clearing effectively, taking good shots and completing passes.
“We rode really well tonight,” said Bateman. “After a failed possession or saved shot, we were able to ride hard and get it back. Our middies were key in that ride because they were getting back and working hard.”
Murphy led the Titans with 5 goals. Madsen led Pleasant Grove with 4 goals.
Pleasant Grove will head to Boise this weekend to face defending Nevada State Champions Palo Verde, Eagle (ID) and Glencoe (OR). Olympus will take to the road when they face Alta on Wednesday with a stop at the Gathering of the Tribes this weekend.

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