HOLLADAY — The Olympus Titans hosted the Box Elder Bees in the wind and rain in a 5A state quarterfinal matchup. The Bees entered riding the momentum of a big win against Alta, a team considered to be one of the major contenders for the state title. The Titans came in having won nine of their previous 10 matches, with only two losses in the entire season.

From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, Olympus controlled the ball and the pace of the game. The first portion of the game was spent with each team sizing the other up and careful passes between the mid and back lines trying to advance the ball. Olympus took the initiative and began to make deeper runs and opened up the game, their first close shot coming in the 16th minute on a missed header by sophomore forward Ervin Huremovic. Keeping the ball down in the Box Elder end, Olympus captain and senior forward Adam Naylor missed a crowded shot high. Box Elder quickly retaliated, taking the ball off the goal line to the other end where a shot pelted by Bees’ senior forward Joshua Duncan from 22 yards out was gathered by Titans’ keeper Ian Jones.

Olympus continued to pressure Box Elder through the first half, briefly interrupted by a 30-plus yard shot on goal by Box Elder senior midfielder David Rossberg. The Titans closed out the first half with a shot by senior forward Hayden Earl in the 30th minute that hooked just left, a wide-open shot by sophomore midfielder Edvin Sabic that was denied by the right post in the 32nd minute, and a dangerous free kick from junior forward Alec Foulger that ricocheted off the crossbar in the 34th minute of the half.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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