Bobcats and Grizzlies battle to 0-0 tie on the pitch

<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> An exciting evening of soccer ended Tuesday with players from both teams regretting close calls and missed opportunities. The Sky View and Logan girl’s soccer teams clashed for 100 total minutes – including overtime – but neither was able to score in the 0-0 tie.

“It’s a valley matchup. You know it’s going to be intense, you know both teams are going to get their opportunities. It’s just going to be whoever flinches first,” Sky View head coach Doyle Geddes said.

The Bobcats started the game on fire as Madison Siddoway had a shot on goal at the four minute mark. She also had a shot just miss the top left corner of the goal in the ninth minute after Brenna Porter chased down a free ball and crossed it.

“When we learned that we were going be without three of our starters, two of which we found out about this morning, I was a little worried,” Logan head coach Mitch Peterson said.

Despite their coaches’ worries, Logan was the more physical and aggressive team during the first half, however their zealous forward pushes were halted by a mistimed pass or snuffed out by the SV defense.

Siddoway and her teammate, Jessica Smith both nearly scored as Sky View dominated on offense and possession throughout the remainder first half.

Logan’s Veronica Sullivan had her team’s best opportunity of the half when she pounced on a loose ball in the 18-yard box. The Bobcat defenders were forced to block two point-blank shots that could have given Logan the lead.

The visiting Grizzlies were boosted in the second half by the stellar play of Taylor Horsley, who became an absolute nightmare for the SV backline.

Horsley had three shots on goal by herself in the first 14 minutes of the second half. She even scored in the 59th minute although that was disallowed because she was offside.

Sky View showed poise after the disallowed goal as the Bobcats settled down and tried returning to the possession game that had worked so well for them before the break.

Their calm paid off as Siddoway blasted the ball through a defensive hole in the 64th minute. however, Logan keeper Emily Davis managed to steer it away from the goal. The Bobcats also earned a corner kick in the closing minutes of regulation but Davis cleared it away as well.

Overtime was an exciting affair as both students and benches from the rival schools rose to their feet to cheer on the players. Peterson even encouraged the Logan supporters as they began one of their cheers.

The frantic play that ensued was fast-paced and hectic.

Horsley was awarded a free kick just outside of the penalty box, but Alex Hollingsworth sent it over the crossbar.

Logan earned a corner kick in the 90th minute, which was originally blocked by SV keeper Kaley Booksby, but needed to be blocked several more times by her defenders as any Grizzly that could touch the ball shot it blindly toward the net.

The Bobcats also had a golden opportunity in the 92nd minute as Siddoway was fouled while making a move towards goal. It appeared that the foul was within the penalty area but a free kick was given and McKenley Hellstern shot it over the net.

“We saw an amazing effort tonight from girls that haven’t played varsity before and from everybody tonight,” Peterson said. “They were able to move past the injuries and didn’t worry about it.”

“Tonight was probably a fitting outcome because both teams played very, very well,” Geddes said. “Both teams played strong defense when they needed to, so this was probably the appropriate result.”

Both teams walked away with a point in hand and lessons learned. Logan will be at home against Mountain Crest Thursday, while Sky View will play at Bonneville the same night.

<em>Photos by Jon Larson </em>

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