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Vikings Conquer Knights in Defensive Slugfest

The Lone Peak Knights hosted the Pleasant Grove Vikings Wednesday night in a battle of Utah County contenders. While the teams played almost identical ball, the Vikings were just able to push through for a better finish. In the end Pleasant Grove was able to take a one-goal lead, and in the final two minutes the Vikings had a long possession, keeping it in the box, and killed about a minute and a half before the ball was stolen by Lone Peak. The Knights called time out on their offensive side of the field, but Pleasant Grove’s defense held strong during that final play and Lone Peak was unable to get the look they had hoped for. Pleasant Grove’s tough defense was able pull out the close win at Lone Peak in a defensive battle, 6-5.
You could tell both teams really wanted to beat their neighboring school on this rainy night. The score went back and forth all game with neither team being able to find a way to fully break away. Pleasant Grove coach Marc Miller attributed his team being able to pull out the narrow win to his team’s great defensive effort as a whole led by goalie Kayden Arbon, but also being able to slow down Lone Peak’s star attackman Josh Stout. Pleasant Grove goalie Kayden Arbon said that the reason he thinks he had such a good game was because of his team’s defense: “being able to hold Lone Peak to mostly outside or contested shots, that made my job much easier.”
Both teams played under control for the majority of the game and there were very few penalties in the contest, which made for a fun, fast, back-and-forth game where both teams’ defenses were able to do a great job slowing down the other’s offense. For the most part, both teams were equal in all aspects of the game throughout. From ground balls to face offs, neither seemed to have the advantage. It was a very hard-fought game that was able at any moment to shift to the other team’s favor, and went into the final quarter tied at 4-4.
Pleasant Grove will have a few days off before hosting the creatively-named Durango Demons from Colorado on Saturday at 11:00 am, while Lone Peak will have a tough turnaround as they visit Davis this Friday at 5:00 pm.

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  1. Kayden Arbon played a terrific game in goal and coach Miller put together an excellent defensive scheme. I appreciate the officials, the fans, and all of the members of the PG program for hanging around and being flexible with the start of this game. The weather conditions were not the best, the lacrosse was not the prettiest, but the players played hard.

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