The Skyline Eagles remained undefeated in league play after heading to Ann Arbor Huron on Saturday, September 23, for a 3-game district seeding tournament. All three games were important to the team, which is ranked 2nd in Michigan and is starting to look ahead to the positioning for season playoffs in late October.
The two early games were decisive victories with a combined 46 goals scored by the Eagles.
The first game was played against Chelsea. The 13-goal first quarter set the tone for the game, which ended at 20-3. Top scorers include: Matteo Procoppe (6) and Keegan Gardner (5).
The afternoon game was a contest against Walled Lake. The Eagles scored 10 goals in each of the first two quarters, ending the game at 23-3. Top scorers were Matteo Procoppe and Spencer Jyawook (4 each) and Ethan Procoppe (3).
The final game started at 6 p.m. as Eagles took to the water against their cross-town rivals. The Huron River Rats, ranked 6th in Michigan, always play a solid game, and they felt the same pressure to score a district win. The four quarters generated a fast-paced and tension-filled game – one where the teams exchanged goal for goal during the first half.
The first goal came for Huron, just 13 seconds into the game – then two minutes later, Wilson Noll pitched one into the net for the Eagles. The next two goals went to Huron as the pace of play escalated before two goals by Matteo Procoppe tied the game.
The second quarter started with two more goals for Huron before the team’s French connection – the brothers Procoppe – each scored to return the game to a tie at 5-5.Spencer Jyawook followed that to take the lead at 6-5, before Huron got a tie goal with just 6 seconds left to play.
Skyline’s players stayed hungry for goals while their defense kept up the pressure against some of the district’s top shooters. Players like Shane MacNeil, Nick Pachera, Alex Eisman, Keegan and Wilson fought hard to keep the Huron shot count low, while goalie Mason Hickman conquered some targeted shots. The result for the Eagles was 5 more goals in the 3rd quarter and 3 in the 4th, including one during a rare goalie ejection affecting the Rats. Huron was held to one goal in each of the last two periods of play. Skyline’s next goals came from Matteo (5), Ethan, Keegan and Josh Smith.
The final score: 14-8, representing a big victory for the Eagles after one long day of water polo.
One game remains for the Eagles in district play: They’ll travel to Ann Arbor Pioneer on Wednesday, September 27, for JV at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m.