SANDY — Just imagine how much different the 2017 girls soccer season would have been for Sky View High if Kylee Griffin went to Green Canyon, the new school in North Logan.
The Westminster College commit, who ended up finishing the season with 24 goals, almost did. In fact, from December to June, Griffin – who was afforded the choice between Sky View and Green Canyon because she was going to be a senior who lived in Green Canyon’s boundaries – was planning on attending Green Canyon.
She said she made the decision because her younger sister and some friends were going to Green Canyon.
In June, she went to a soccer camp with Sky View players at Utah Valley University that changed her mind.
“During most of the week they gave me crap and said the team wouldn’t be the same without me, and they said it’s not too late to switch back,” Griffin said. “I realized it wasn’t too late and I got it done in a day.”
All it took was talking to principals at both schools and writing a letter explaining her reasons for wanting to switch back. She said playing with her best friends helped her realize Sky View was the place for her.
Griffin assisted Utah State University commit Sidney Barlow for a key insurance goal in the 78th minute Saturday and Sky View claimed its first girls soccer state title with a 2-0 win over Bonneville in the 4-A championship at Rio Tinto Stadium.
“She’s been playing with us for three years … she helped lead the team, and the girls all embraced that,” Sky View coach Sharron Wood said. “They were glad she decided to play with us.”
Sky View (16-2-2, 10-0 Region 12) finished the season with 15 straight wins.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute following a goal from Samantha Tippets that came after a Hannah Gibbons free kick. Bonneville goalkeeper Ashley Croyle deflected Gibbons’ kick off the crossbar and Tippets finished it.
“When the keeper hit it, I thought it was going to go in,” Gibbons said. “I was like, ‘No way, I can’t believe it,’ (when it didn’t go in), but then (Tippets) just followed it in.
“I knew they would finish it. They finish every ball we take.”
Sky View goalkeeper Kelsea Cracroft made sure the goal stood up until Barlow’s late tally.