Skyline girls soccer claim top spot in Region 6
Oct 02, 2019 03:13PM
● By Josh McFadden
Captain Izzy Wright has helped lead the Skyline Eagles this season. (Photo courtesy Bob Dudley)
By Josh McFadden | [email protected]
A year after narrowly missing out on the Region 6 championship, the Skyline girls soccer team is at the top.
With one game remaining, the Eagles have a record of 11-1-1, two fewer losses then the next best team, Olympus. (The Titans are the only team that's defeated Skyline this year.)
The Eagles won their first six Region 6 contests, four of them by at least four goals. The other two victories during this stretch were one-goal barn-burners — 3-2 over Murray on Aug. 20 and 4-3 over Olympus on Aug. 22. Skyline crushed Cottonwood and Hillcrest by the score of 8-0 in each game. The Eagles also blitzed Highland 6-1 on Aug. 15.
Skyline’s perfect record was ruined in a 3-3 tie with East on Sept. 10. After two more wins — 2-0 over Highland and 3-0 over Murray — the Eagles suffered their first loss of the year in a 4-2 setback with Olympus on Sept. 19. Jayda Masina and Rozlin Gomez tallied goals for Skyline in the loss.
Through 12 games, the Eagles had one of Class 5A’s most potent offenses. Skyline had 58 goals during this stretch, more than any other 5A team except for Region 9’s Maple Mountain. Skyline’s production has dropped a bit in region play, but the team’s defense has stepped up, allowing the fewest goals in the league.
With such offensive production, one would expect some excellent individual play. The Eagles have had that in the dynamic duo of Ali Swensen and Izzy Wright. The two had 11 and 10 goals, respectively, as of Sept. 23. At this point, Ani Jensen and Gomez weren’t far behind with eight and seven goals, respectively. Ella Kortbawi had five goals, while Zoe Garver, Lily Kimball and Masina each had four. Goalie Lucy Peterson had 2.5 shutouts.
The Eagles' final game of the regular season will be on Oct. 3 at home against East.