Friday , October 20, 2017 - 10:33 PM
MIDVALE — A non-region loss to eventual state 6-A champion American Fork earlier this season forced the Sky View Bobcats to rearrange things so they could attain their own title aspirations — a chance for the 4-A girls soccer championship.
Sky View scored in the opening moments, then added a bunch more to end Ogden’s run with a 5-0 decision in the 4-A girls semifinal soccer match played Friday evening at Hillcrest High School.
Mired in a one-win, two loss and two tie slump to start the season, the Bobcats (14-2-2) now ride a 13-game winning streak into the championship game today at Rio Tinto Stadium against Bonneville.
“We have not lost a game since. We learned. That was probably the best loss we’ve ever had if you want to call a loss good,” Sky View coach Sharron Wood said of her team’s adjustments after the early loss to American Fork.
“They all bought into what we wanted to do and this is what has happened since. The girls started saying, ‘hey, I think I love the game more than myself.’ It’s our team. It’s made a huge difference,” Wood said.
Following the team theme, five players scored for the Bobcats, beginning with Haley Haynie who broke through for the initial goal in the third minute to get things rolling.
“We try to get a goal early. That helps them,” Wood said. “But that doesn’t always happen. They just keep fighting together. They just keep being a team and working together.”
The Bobcats expanded the lead to 4-0 at the half, as Kylee Griffin, Sarah Spencer and Emmie Woodward also found the back of the net.
“All of them got a piece of the action. I mean, they’re so unselfish. It doesn’t matter who scores as long as we score,” Wood said.
Sidney Barlow added the only goal in the second stanza, while keeper Kelsea Cracroft and the Bobcat defense kept Ogden (13-4-1) off the scoreboard for the shutout.
Sky View and Bonneville have faced off before this year’s realignment and Wood looks forward to the matchup.
“Bonneville is a quality team. We’ve played them before our region changed and I know Bonneville is going to be a tough game,” Wood said. “We’re just going to have to step in and work as hard as we did now and hopefully it comes out with a victory.”
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