<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> The Sky View girl’s soccer team struggled early allowing four goals in the first half in Friday’s game against Skyline. The second half was much tighter but the Bobcats fell 4-0.
A possible season ending injury to Sky View’s Jessica Brooksby against Fremont on Thursday seemed to have a hangover effect on the Bobcats. Brooksby is scheduled for an MRI Monday to find out if she has torn her ACL for the second time in three years.
“It’s hard to come back after 24 hours. I don’t want to make excuses but we’re a team also that has a lot of our identity tied up in a key player,” SV head coach Doyle Geddes said. “Without her on the field we’re struggling a little bit to find ourselves.”
Skyline pounced on the unprepared home team, scoring a goal exactly three minutes into the contest. The Eagles’ Jaslyn Masina shot from the right wing and tapped in her own rebound as she charged toward the goal.
The Bobcats had just one good scoring opportunity in the first half. It came in the seventh minute as senior McKenley Hellstern fired a ball from just outside the 18-yard box that hooked slightly wide of the net.
On the ensuing goal kick, Skyline pushed the ball up the right side of the field into the SV defensive zone. A well placed cross, from deep in the corner, found its way to the feet of Masina who again put it in the back of the net.
Sky View was fortunate to not let in a few more goals before a timeout in the 22nd minute. Ashley Aberton hit the crossbar for the Eagles and was also called offside once while she was alone in the penalty box.
Aberton did score before the half was over though, when she attacked the goal from the left end line and wasn’t closed out by the SV defense. A quick side step was the only trick she needed to slot the ball just inside the far post making the score 3-0 in the 37th minute.
Cecile Murdock added the final Skyline goal during stoppage time. Her goal was caused by an SV turnover. Murdock then split the center backs and crushed the ball into the center of the net, sending the Bobcats to the locker room down 4-0 after one half.
The second half was completely different.
Sky View tried and failed to rely on long ball passes in the first half, but adjusted after the break. The Bobcats shorter passes and combination play allowed the team to retain possession and move forward.
Madison Siddoway had a shot on goal early and Hellstern had another shot from the middle of the penalty box hook just left of the post.
Sky View also won a corner kick, had several free kicks in advanced positions and was called back on an offside call which showed their willingness to press the ball – a willingness that was severely lacking in the first half.
“I was very pleased with the second half. We helped the girls see that we’ve got to be prepared, that we’ve got to take pride in what we’re doing and they rose to the challenge,” Geddes said. “Looking around at the individual efforts, to a person, there were stronger individual efforts. That’s what I’m happy about.”
The Bobcats (0-2, 0-0) will continue their three-game homestand to start the season when they face Morgan on Wednesday.