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Skyline Soars Past Rival Olympus, Wins 9-5

Anna Ferreira Skyline Eagles
Anna Ferreira

The Skyline Eagles beat rival Olympus by the score of 9-5 on Thursday in an exciting, physical game between two great squads played in the Skyline High School Stadium. The teams came into one of the most anticipated match-ups this season with playoff stakes and pride on the line. For Skyline, who has played well all year, the pressure was on to perform well while playing in their school stadium and giving their Seniors a win over rival Olympus. For Olympus, who has had an equally great year, the role of spoiler was in the cards. Both teams came into the game with an 8-1 overall record and were playing for the No. 2 spot in the standings.

Anna Ferreira Skyline Eagles
Anna Ferreira
Skyline won the opening draw and took it into their offensive end, working their set before getting off a shot that was saved by Olympus Goalie Hannah Fordham. The Titans were unable to clear, giving the ball back to Skyline who scored shortly after but were called for a crease violation, keeping the game scoreless. Skyline Midfielder Anna Ferreira scored the first goal of the game on a free position shot at the 20:39 mark. Olympus answered with a free position goal of their own scored by Katie Adams to tie the game. Ferreira notched another goal a minute later, giving Skyline the small lead. Olympus was given a yellow card at the 13:21 mark which allowed Skyline to get a man-up goal when Madison Hauritz sped past three defenders then bounced in the shot for the goal. Olympus was able to get a great possession but their hard work didn’t pay off when the pipe got in the way of a shot and was gobbled up by Skyline. Skyline Attack Zoe Aldous scored next for the Eagles when she caught a pass from Ferreira with her back to the goal, spun and scored, giving Skyline a 4-1 lead at the 8:14 mark. Adams scored for Olympus a minute and a half later when she cut from behind the goal, getting the pass from the wing, spinning and scoring to pull back a goal.
Skyline was given their first yellow card of the game with 4:23 left in the half but Olympus was unable to convert. Both goalies, Fordham and Skyline Goalie Madison Simonich made great saves during a scoreless stretch, showing that winning takes defense too. Olympus was given their second yellow card which led to Ferreira getting her third goal of the game when Aldous had a free position attempt that she quickly dished to Ferreira who quick-sticked it into the back of the net. Olympus was given a third yellow card shortly before the first half ended but Skyline was unable to convert, making the score 5-2 at halftime.
The second half started in similar fashion to the end of the first half but this time Skyline was given a yellow card. Just 18 seconds later, Olympus was given their fourth yellow card, forcing them to play a man down from that point on. Despite being shorthanded, Olympus scored at the 20:09 mark to bring the deficit to 2 goals when Adams took the ball from the wing, spinning and dodging through defenders and scoring. Ferreira scored her fourth goal of the game on a free position opportunity when Aldous again quickly dished to her across the field off the whistle, quickly shooting on a sliding defense. Amanda Rouse tallied her first goal of the game for the Eagles at the 17:14 mark, giving Skyline their biggest lead of the game. Fordham had a huge free position save for Olympus that gave them the needed momentum that led to Adams getting her fourth goal of the game at the 10:18 mark, giving the Titans hope for a comeback. Both teams continued to fight for every key possession with girls frequently giving it their all. Miklain Huntsman found her way onto the score sheet at the 7:30 mark when she cut down the middle of the field, caught a pass from Ferreira then scored, giving Skyline an 8-4 lead. Annie Glenn scored the last goal of the game for Skyline with 1:36 left in the game, putting the game out of reach for Olympus. Adams did score her fifth goal for the Titans with 6 seconds left, making the final score 9-5.
“Our girls were a little nervous about the stadium crowd but they were able to overcome it,” said Skyline Head Coach Elise Caffee. “I think we played great. Our transitions were great. Our Seniors got the opportunity to show off their skills which is what we wanted.”
Ferreira led the Eagles with 4 goals and 2 assists. Aldous had 1 goal and 2 assists. Adams led the Titans with all 5 goals.
“Zoey was all over the field today,” said Caffee. “Our goalie, Maddie, did an awesome job today in cage.”
Both teams will face Brighton and Park City next week in key games that will ultimately decide the final playoff seeds in the Girls D-I North Conference.

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  1. Congrats on the big win Eagles!!!! it was awesome to watch lacrosse being played in the stadium. Go Eagles!!!!

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