Behind a 7-goal performance from senior midfielder Casey Rose, the Corner Canyon Chargers cruised their way into the UHSLL semifinals with a 16-2 victory over the Lone Peak Knights.
“Good game,” remarked Corner Canyon Head Coach Mark Davis, “We fought hard and played four quarters. We got up three-nothing on them, let them get back in it at 3-2, and then [we] decided let’s just put the pedal to the metal and go.”
While Rose was the leading scorer, several other Chargers had multiple tallies: sophomore attack Max Asay recorded a hat-trick on the evening and junior attack Harry Waddoups snagged two goals and a handful of assists.
Both teams started the game with physical play, with Lone Peak looking like a team on a mission and matching the Chargers intensity early. After several battles for loose balls and fruitless possessions, Corner Canyon drew first blood on a Rose roll dodge from the high wing for the score. Freshman attack Chandler Stranc then caught a feed from Waddoups and shot low, and Rose scored another to put the Chargers up by three. But the Knights fought back, with Tanner Sheide forcing his way through three body checks and nailing the corner of the cage for the score. Knight junior attack Nicholas Williams then caught a great cross-field feed from Josh Stout and shot low-to-low to score and make it 2-3 at the end of the first. But the score would be the Knights’ last.
With the exception of a couple great saves from Knight keeper Sean Wetsel, the second quarter was all Corner Canyon. Rose scored three in the quarter, Waddoups scored both of his goals, and there was a great coast-to-coast tally from junior longpole Garrett Michaeli. The Chargers took a commanding 9-2 lead into the half.
The second half saw more of the same as Corner Canyon refused to give up the momentum, and while Lone Peak played hard and physical, they just couldn’t keep Rose and the talented Charger squad from scoring. Rose had another hat-trick in the third, Asay snagged one, and FOS Zack Franckowiak took a face-off all the way for a score, giving the Chargers a 14-2 lead at the break.
The fourth quarter saw several penalties on the Knights as they tried desperately to retake any momentum, but a pair of Charger goals would close things out at 16-2.
“[We’re] playing unselfish,” said Davis, “and if [we] continue to play unselfish and make that extra pass…we can go very far. We’ve got a phenomenal defense and they’ve got a chip on their shoulder after conference and all-state awards and they’ll use that to keep them playing.”
The win sets up a showdown between the Chargers and fellow offensive-powerhouse Bountiful on Tuesday, May 13 to see who will earn a spot in the UHSLL championship.
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