Soccer: No. 1 ranked Skyline, Pioneer play to scoreless draw


Fit to be tied.

Pioneer and Skyline played to a scoreless draw in boys’ soccer on Monday night at Skyline High School – not exactly how a rivalry game is supposed to finish. But Pioneer should be pleased while Skyline might be a little disappointed but will carry on nonetheless.

The Eagles, the No. 1 ranked soccer team in the state in Division 1, had plenty of chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net. It was Skyline’s sixth tie of the season as they improved to 8-0-6 overall.

“It was a great crosstown rivalry game,” said Skyline Coach Chris Morgan. “I thought we had the edge in possession but that doesn’t really matter in the end. The only thing that matters is who scores more goals.”

And neither team managed to score a goal on a perfect night for soccer.

“Give Pioneer credit,” Morgan said. “They defended us well and created some problems for us. They are a good team. I thought we controlled the play but had problems in the final third and just couldn’t finish.”

The Eagles have tied some quality teams this season and they all haven’t been a result of not being able to finish. Skyline tied Saline 2-2 and Novi 3-3 earlier in the season. Against Novi, the Eagles led 2-0 and gave up two late goals.

They did play Canton to a scoreless draw in what Morgan called “one of the best soccer games I’ve ever been associated with.”

The Eagles, who defeated Pioneer 1-0 earlier in the season, are a marked team now. Everyone wants to knock off No. 1 and most teams will bring their best against Skyline.

“The goals will come,” Morgan said. “We just have to keep running out there and working hard. We continue to get better.”

Skyline faces a strong Saline team at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The two teams played a quality match earlier in the season and it should be another high-quality match-up on the turf at Saline.

The Eagles host the River Rats at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Skyline won the first match between the schools 3-0.




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