Both the Skyview boys and girls soccer teams continued gathering momentum Thursday afternoon by picking up victories over Region III foe Houston.
The Panthers boys and girls had both beaten Seward Wednesday, and they didn't let the 10-degree wind chill keep them from gathering more steam Thursday.
In the boys game, Skyview used a patient attack to down Houston 10-1. Ty Edward broke the school record for goals in a game by recording four.
Edward, whose goals were assisted by Jacob Fellman, Matt Burdick and Josh Rowell, had the school record by the 61st minute of the game.
"That's why we left Ty out there," Skyview coach Dave Carpenter said of the record. "He wanted to get four goals. He deserves it. He's a great player."
Edward said the record came due to the improved play of his team. Instead of playing a kick-and-hope brand of soccer, Skyview took the time to play short passes on the ground.
The result was a lot of open space for Edward, and when Edward gets open space, he's an extremely dangerous player.
"We did a lot better than we did last weekend," said Edward of losses to Colony and Wasilla. "If we would have played those teams like we played today, we would have had a chance at winning.
"We had the short passes going on. We weren't just chipping it high."
Of course, with a score like 10-1, Edward wasn't the only one finding the back of the net.
Other goals came from Burdick assisted by Fellman, Matt Matarrese assisted by Edward, Fellman assisted by Travis Endsley, Rowell, Rowell assisted by Ely Evanson and Grant Gebhardt assisted by Chris Rice.
"We can't depend on Ty scoring," Carpenter said. "If we do, they'll just mark up on Ty and we'll be finished."
Carpenter said Skyview, now 3-3 in the region, also is benefiting from solidifying its defense. Rice and Ryan Childers missed a few games earlier due to a choir trip, and Mike Sturm has been out due to injury.
Thursday, Rice and Childers were back and Sturm played a little with the injury and felt pretty good.
Edward said the only bad part about Thursday's game was the weather. Last year on this day it was 64 degrees, but that was not the case Thursday, when a gentle wind that felt like it had descended from a glacier was rolling across the pitch.
"Everybody was whining about the cold. Me too," Edward said. "It was too cold out there to be playing."
The day only got colder during the girls game, but the Panthers had the fortitude to pull through for a 3-0 victory.
"The kids didn't let the weather be a factor," Skyview coach Tony Lewis said after his team improved to 3-3. "I told them before the game they'd have to be mentally tough.
"They didn't complain. You have to love soccer to be playing on a day like this."
The Panthers picked up their first goal 15 minutes into the game when Anne Verba took a throw-in and dribbled it down the left side before scoring the goal.
About 30 minutes into the game, Marina Holt converted a cross from Jamie Beever. Holt collided with Houston's goalie on the play, but the ball squirted through into the net.
About 20 minutes into the second half, Holt received a ball from Christina Colvin, beat her defender and pushed the ball past the goalie.
Holt, a freshman, now has four goals on the year. Lewis said she is beginning to look like one those players who has a knack for scoring goals.
"It's nice to see a young player scoring some goals," Lewis said. "She strikes the ball well. Around the goal, she's always in the right place at the right time and that's something you can't coach."
Lewis said Skyview's team as a whole is looking to be more dangerous. The coach said Colvin did a great job of making decisions in the midfield that eventually led to scoring chances.
Lewis liked the combinations put together by Amy Lambe and April Friedly, and said Friedly and Katie Kier did a good job at forward because they put themselves in the position to get shots.
Both the Skyview boys and girls will look to keep their momentum going Saturday when they host Palmer.
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