<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong>The Sky View girl’s soccer team jumped on Morgan early, and then piled on the goals late as the Bobcats defeated the Trojans, 5-0, to record their first win of the season.
“It was just one of those feel good games,” SV head coach Doyle Geddes said. “We got a lot of people playing time, and we did some nice things that we needed to work on, so it was a lot of fun.”
Maddie Siddoway got things started for the Bobcats in just the second minute, when she created some space for herself and then fired one into the upper corner past the Morgan keeper. However, Siddoway’s goal would be the only scoring for the next 66 minutes as Sky View maintained a slim 1-0 lead.
Finally, in the 68th minute, senior McKenley Hellstern broke things open for the Bobcats. She scored an unassisted goal in the 68th minute and then followed that up with another goal in the 73rd minute off of a nice pass by junior Jessica Smith.
“We had the floodgates open up when we hit one at the 68th minute – within the next 10 minutes, we had four goals,” Geddes said.
Senior Brittney Merrill scored her first goal of the season in the 77th minute, aided by Lesli Blau, and then junior Heather Enriquez provided the capper with only 51 seconds remaining.
The five goals was an offensive explosion for a Bobcat team that had been struggling to generate offense since losing star player Jessica Brooksby to a torn ACL in the season opener. An MRI Monday confirmed the senior will miss the remainder of the season.
“We’ve got to find an identity without Brooksby on the field,” Geddes said. “We took a big step towards that today.”
Sky View (1-2-0) will now look to keep its momentum going as the Bobcats hit the road Friday to take on the Weber Warriors. Following that game, the Bobcats will have more than a week off before beginning Region 5 play against valley rival Logan.
“We needed this game as a confidence builder – those first two games kind of hit our psyche a little bit,” Geddes said. “This was a good one going into Weber, because Weber will be another tough opponent. So hopefully we can take big step in a positive direction.”