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Sky View Bobcats Claim D-II Championship with Win Over Syracuse

2014- ULA - D2 - Action_On a beautiful and sunny day in Park City the Sky View Bobcats hosted the Syracuse Titans. Up until this point the Bobcats had not lost a single game. Syracuse was also having a great season. In what was a very even match-up for most of the game, the Bobcats took control in the final quarter to clam the 2014 D-II championship, winning 9-3.
The Bobcats wasted little time getting into their groove. Midfielder Bryant Cannell scored early to set a tone for Bobcat offense. Within the next minute Syracuse answered back when midfielder Jordan Stark worked the ball around behind the crease, beating his defender and scoring left-handed to tie up the score. Play continued back and forth down the field until midfielder William Hansen scored top shelf to give the Bobcats the lead, which they held until the end of the first quarter.
Just twenty-four seconds into the second quarter the Bobcats had won possession of the faceoff and quickly scored to bring their lead to two. Hansen scored his second goal, assisted by midfielder Ben Watteyne. Again, the two teams matched up very evenly, each setting up play on offense only to lose it back on either missed shots or turnovers. Finally in the last few minutes Sky View was able to convert again. Stark scored his second goal to finish off the half. Bobcat goalie Phillip Cannell had three crucial saves, to add to the three from the first quarter.
Sky View entered the second half down down a man. As the penalty expired and Bobcats midfielder Jonathan Dunn subbed in he received the ball, dodged his way through the defense and scored. Stark contributed again halfway through the quarter with an assist to attackman Jackson Anderson. The rest of the quarter proved to be mostly uneventful again as neither team was able to convert.
The Bobcats, up by only two, stepped up their offense in the final quarter to take control of the game. Sky View pulled ahead by two more goals within the first three minutes. Syracuse had not given up, but struggled to win possessions. In the final minutes of the game, the Titans put in all-star faceoff middie Connor Meyer to play out the final 1:30 to finish out his senior season. During this time Meyer faced off twice, winning his final faceoff of his high school career. Midfielder Bryant Cannell picked up all four assists for the Bobcats, adding to his goal in the first quarter.
“Our offense last year was a lot of 1-on-1’s,” commented Bryant Cannell,”but this year we knew to win we had to have a team offense. Ever since eight grade it has been our goal to win state, and we stuck together.”
“We knew that Connor was hurt,” stated Bobcat Head Coach Troy Oldham. “Connor is such an amazing player. He is just an amazing faceoff guy. We knew Jordan [Stark] had totally stepped up. Coach Meyers is a great coach. He is a strategist. We knew they would play tough. So we had to be on our game. We focused on the fact that defense wins championships, offense wins games.”
Sky View goalie Phil Cannell had 8 saves while Duncan Schofield had 11 saves. Each team won 7 face-offs.
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