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Pioneers Too Much For Spartans

Lehi LacrosseMurray traveled to Lehi this afternoon for both teams’ first game of the season, and while Murray fought hard for four quarters, the young Spartan squad just couldn’t keep up with the preseason No. 8 Pioneers, falling 19-0 in a shutout. Lehi started their dominance at the faceoff X, with Pioneer faceoff man Steve Schoebinger going for 13 of 14 on midfield draws. First-year Lehi Head Coach Cameron Sabin said of Schoebinger, “this is his third year [taking faceoffs] and he’s been working with the younger guys on our team,” and it showed as the other Pioneer faceoff men went 9 of 10 at the center X.
Lehi Midfielder Ryan Johnson started the scoring with a face-dodge and hard lefty shot early in the first and would finish the game with a hat-trick, including a nifty behind-the-back goal on crease later in the quarter. The Pioneers would show their depth as six other players netted at least one goal in the quarter. The first-quarter highlights weren’t all Lehi, however, as the Spartan keeper made a couple spectacular back-to-back saves on the doorstep late in the quarter.
An illegal stick penalty gave the Spartans the ball at the beginning of the second quarter, but they were unable to capitalize as the Lehi attack got into the swing of things. Pioneer Attackman Zachary Billman scored an early, unsettled goal while Lehi was a man down and attackman Ian Hullinger netted two of his five goals in the quarter. The Spartans started to push back late in the second quarter, but had several costly penalties that gave the momentum back to Lehi who dominated time of possession.
Things got sloppy in a second half that was riddled with penalties on both sides and few goals. A Murray squad that returned only five players from last season found themselves unable to take advantage of a couple man-up situations, getting some shots but never managing to find the back of the net against a smothering Lehi defense.
Despite the lopsided score, the Spartans fought hard to the final whistle and made the Pioneers work. After the game, Coach Sabin expressed his gratitude to Murray for making the trip down to play and sees potential in Murray’s young team. When asked about the game, Coach Sabin said, “The snow just came off the field this week. We’re just happy to have a full field to play on…[this game shows us] we have a lot to work on…the basics, there were a lot of balls on the ground today.”
When asked about the move to head coach: “I’m just holding on by my fingernails. Now that I have all the administrative stuff off my plate, it’s nice to focus on just playing ball.”
The No. 8 Lehi Pioneers (1-0, 0-0) will travel to Woods Cross on Friday, while Murray (0-1, 0-0) will have a week to lick their wounds as they try to rebound at home against Fremont next Tuesday.

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