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Sandy • Sometimes heavyweight bouts don't have winners only survivors.
Such was the case in the battle royal between the Alta and Skyridge boys' soccer teams. The 7-1 powerhouses in region played to a 2-2 draw Tuesday. Neither team was able to find the knockout punch after trading blows for more than 100 minutes.
Skyridge struck first. Tyler Robbins delivered from just outside of the 18-yard box in the 31st minute. The fullback forced through the scrum to bury the ball off a set piece.
The score held through halftime, but Alta answered in the 48th minute when Josh Affleck sent the ball through the Falcons' backfield.
"There was thrills and spills out there," Alta coach Lee Mitchell said. "Both teams had nice opportunities and made some nice goals. Made for some really exciting minutes."
Skyridge responded with a one-two punch in the 69th minute. Speedster Jaxon Sorensen broke through the Hawks' backfield and delivered a perfect cross to Paiden Mecham for the go-ahead goal. Skyridge coach Jerry Preisendorf was impressed with Sorensen's unselfish play.
"The composure to cross it to Paiden for the score should have been the icing on the cake," Preisendorf said.
Alta picked itself off the mat in the 72nd minute. Senior Seth Lowry delivered a haymaker from inside the box to force the game into overtime.
The next 20 minutes was a grueling slugfest. Goalkeepers Adam Teerlink and Andrew Witt matched each other save for save. Penalty kicks were blocked, balls cleared and neither team was able to find a way to punch in the ball for the win.
"It was rough out there," Preisendorf said. "The boys were working hard but tired. I had guys out there for over 100 minutes."
Sorensen said he knew the Falcons had a target on their back after beating Alta back in March.
"I knew they were coming out for blood," Sorensen said. "They were going to give us everything they had, and they did. Both teams played as hard as we could. That's what made this a really fun game."
Skyridge 2, Alta 2
• Skyridge goalkeeper Andrew Witt finishes with 11 saves, while Alta goalie Adam Teerlink stops seven shots.
• Skyridge's Paiden Mechum scores his eighth goal of the season, while Alta's Seth Lowry finds the back of the net for his sixth of the campaign.