High school boys soccer: Skyline scores big region win over rival Olympus
Hugh Carey, Deseret News
HOLLADAY — Skyline’s already impressive run through Region 7 continued with a 2-0 win over bitter rival Olympus Tuesday afternoon.
The Eagles capitalized on some well-placed headers to build their lead and used tenacious back line play late to stave off the Titans on the road.
“Any win over Olympus is a good win for us since we have such a good rivalry,” said Skyline coach Shawn Kennedy. “The play tends to be a bit more rough — a little more chippy when we play against one another — and yeah, it’s always good to come away from here with a win.”
Olympus had chances early, using what Kennedy referred to as “wide ball” to keep Skyline spread out effectively and a bit out of sorts.
The Eagles settled down eventually, however, and connected on the back end of a flurry of head balls to take a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.
Approximately seven straight head balls from either side eventually ended when junior midfielder Sheldon Martineau sent a well-placed cross to senior captain Yanni Caylas, whose header found the back of the net.
“That was crazy. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that many head balls back and forth before,” Kennedy said. “It was a little lucky getting the ball in the right spot and we were able to convert for the goal. That was big for us getting that early goal.”
Ten minutes into the second half, Martineau set up his second goal off a free kick near midfield. The ball eventually found its way to senior forward Mitch Parker, who headed the ball past Olympus goalie Kyle Allred.
“Getting a second goal like that was huge for us playing in this type of game,” Kennedy said. “Olympus made it hard for us at the end with all that pressure, but having that two-goal lead, I think, helped maybe settle us down a bit and we got some great play from our goalie at the end there as well as from our back line.”
With the win, Skyline pushes its region record to 6-0 and overall record to 11-1. The team has not lost since March 11 and appears to be in prime form entering the final stretch of the regular season.
“I think the kids have done a great job focusing on what we’re trying to do.” Kennedy said. “It’s not always easy keeping high school boys focused with all the distractions they have, but I really like how we’ve worked as a team and yeah, things are going well.”
Meanwhile, Olympus falls to 3-2-1 in Region 7 with the loss.