4A girls' soccer: Skyline quiets East in semifinals
Draper • WIT.
That's the simple message the Skyline girls' soccer team had written in ink on their arms Tuesday. The block letters stood for whatever it takes, and the Eagles did everything necessary to advance to the Class 4A state championship game.
Skyline defeated East 1-0 in a semifinal that tested the Eagles' ability to stifle a physically dominant East squad. Zoe Moses was the difference maker at midfield, befuddling the Leopards' offense and initiating Skyline's attack.
"I have to give them props for coming out strong," Moses said. "We knew we had to come out hard against East. I knew that their midfielders were good, but we had what it takes to get after them."
Moses anchored a defense that managed to keep the ball out of Eagles territory for the majority of the game. The rare balls that made it past Moses found their way to goalkeeper Hillary Weixler's hands. She recorded 12 stops. Weixler registered her 11th shutout of the season while restarting the ball deep in East's territory with her booming punts.
"I 100 percent trust her in everything she does," Moses said. "Her drop kicks are beautiful. She goes for every ball. She is so solid back there."
The lone goal of the match happened in the 12th minute when Bella Sorenson was able to split the backfield. Sorenson bounced through a swarm of red jerseys before finding Jaslyn Masina, who drilled it to the bottom left corner.
"Bella plays the ball really well in front of her," Masina said. "I was able to get open and put it away."
It was Masina's 11th goal of the season, and it was enough to send the Eagles to Rio Tinto Stadium for the championship for a Region 7 showdown. Skyline and Timpagnos split their regular-season games, with both teams winning at home.
O Hillary Weixler records her 11th shutout of the season to lead Skyline to the state title game.
• The Eagles face Region 7 rival Timpanogos in the title game. They split their two regular-season matches.