The Sky View Bobcats, the No. 1 team in the latest coaches poll, took on the No. 2 Syracuse Titans on Thursday in Clinton and walked away with an 8-5 victory. With the win, the Bobcats remain undefeated with a perfect 10-0 record. Syracuse falls to 5-4 overall.
“We’ve been telling our guys all week that this (Syracuse) is a good team,” said Sky View Head Coach Troy Oldham. “They took us out last year and we knew that and they are well coached. We had a theme this week which was ‘Trust and Respect’. Our guys took it seriously and it really helped us focus on the field which was key to the win.”
The game started with both teams getting possessions and getting a feel for the flow of the game. Defenses stood tall, shots went wide and both goalies were able to stop shots to keep the game scoreless until the 5:37 mark in the first quarter when Sky View Midfielder Bryant Cannell did a stick fake on the left wing, faking out his defender. Cannell then drove to the crease and hit the top shelf on the run to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Syracuse tied the game when attackman Jackson Andersen wrapped around the back of the goal and shot at GLE, slipping it past Sky View Goalie Phil Cannell. Bryant Cannell instigated another goal with 36 seconds left in the quarter when he drove down the right side of the field, drew the defense, turned back towards goal and found Stockton Huskinson on the crease who was able to get the easy wide open goal.
The second quarter was dominated by the Sky View defense who were getting takeaways and clearing the ball with ease. When Syracuse did find space, they were unable to put the ball on cage or Phil Cannell would make a big save, which he did several times throughout the game.
“We had great team defense,” said Phil Cannell. “We were forcing them into the shots we wanted them to take.”
Sky View Midfielder Trevor Plowman scored the next goal for the Bobcats when he caught an outlet pass at midfield and took it the distance, weaving through traffic and bouncing it past the goalie. Bobcat Midfielder Tanner Crandall scored next when he burned his man at the top of the box and was able to get a wide open shot, bouncing it over the shoulder of the Syracuse goalie to give the Bobcats a 4-1 lead with 5:10 left in the second quarter. However, the Titans weren’t going into the break without getting a goal of their own as they answered at the 4:49 mark when Jordan Stark found the back of the net which would close out the scoring for the half, giving Sky View a 4-2 lead at the break.
Sky View would own the third quarter by shutting out the Syracuse offense due to solid play from the close defenders and Phil Cannell. Bryant Cannell, Huskinson and Ben Watteyne added tallies for the Bobcats, giving them a 7-2 lead after three quarters of play. Syracuse Midfielder Connor Meyer pulled a goal back at the 10:20 mark in the fourth quarter when he was able to lose his man on a screen and get his hands free and slotted home the open opportunity. Bryant Cannell would add another goal followed by Stark who brought the score to 8-4 for Sky View with 4:25 left in the game. The Syracuse bench could feel a rally coming on. The Titans had the ball most of the remaining minutes, but were unable to get good looks at goal until Meyer was the benefit of a perfectly executed man-up play with 1:51 remaining, make the score 8-5. The Bobcat defense held tough and were able to thwart any further chances, giving them the key cross-conference victory.
“We did a really good job talking on crease,” said Sky View Defender Tanner Duryea. “We practiced all week to stop their face-offs and attack and we felt good about the job we did today.”
Ever since the end of last season, Sky View has wanted another shot at Syracuse since they knocked them out of the playoffs.
“They ended our season last year,” said Duryea. “We’ve kind of had an out for them ever since then. This was a huge win for us.”
Sky View will take on Box Elder on April 17 while Syracuse will face Weber on April 16.
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