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Rams Scare Away Panthers With 11-3 Win

Highland Attackmen Tommy Jacobsen Drives To Goal
Highland Attackmen Tommy Jacobsen Drives To Goal

The Highland Rams beat cross-town rival West by the score of 11-3 on Wednesday in a key cross-conference match-up.
The Rams offense scored three goals in the first quarter from seniors Ki Easterwood, Tommy Jacobsen and Nic Tulin. The defensive side of the ball was suffocating, not allowing West any room to operate.
West got on the board at the 11:31 mark in the second quarter when Ashton Hanks found the back of the net. West Attackmen Jordan Ikeda score 21 seconds later on a golf goal giving West players a boost to their confidence. Highland answered a minute later on a great feed from Easterwood who found James Parkin. Parking was able to get his hands free for the goal, making the score 4-2 for Highland. For several minutes midway through the second quarter, Highland was unable to score off sloppy play and West was unable to connect passes. At the 2:57 mark, West Midfielder Kent Bendixen scored for the Panthers on an alley dodge shot on the run, making the score 4-3 at halftime.

Highland Attackmen Tommy Jacobsen Drives To Goal
Highland Attackmen Tommy Jacobsen Drives To Goal
Highland dominated the rest of the game scoring 7 goals in the final half and holding West scoreless. Jacobsen started the run midway through the third quarter when he was able to steal the ball from the West goalie while riding then quickly shooting and scoring on an empty net. Easterwood had two straight goals on great iso plays.
The run continued in the fourth quarter when Jacobsen added two more goals, one on a wrap around from X and the other on a fast break when midfielder Ethan Lovin stole a pass at midfield then quickly attacked the cage, drew the slide and found Jacobsen open on the crease. Midway through the fourth, Highland Attackmen McKinnley McDonald had his back to the crease, caught a pass from Liam Purdy, spun and shot low for the goal. The final Highland goal came at the 6:37 mark when Max Larsen hit his man at midfield, stole the ball, and took it to the goal, shooting low past the West goalie.
“It was good to get out there and actually see what we’ve been practicing,” said Highland Head Coach Neil Blaney. “Tommy (Jacobsen) really was our quarterback today and played well. Our entire defense played really well as a unit and our slides were right on every time.”
Highland Goalie Jacob DeLaMare had 10 saves while West Goalie Raphael Chanut had 11. Jacobsen led the Rams with 4 goals while Easterwood had 3 goals and an assist.
Highland plays Murray on Thursday and West play Fremont on April 16.

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