HUNTSVILLE | Coming off a disappointing loss to Oneida on Friday, Scott High needed momentum as it prepares for what should be a competitive district tournament next week, and the Highlanders found it in Wednesday's regular season finale against Union County, winning 5-0.
That game wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The Highlanders began subbing after the score was 2-0, and didn't use its normal lineup at any point after the first 15 minutes.
Connor Stanley scored the first two goals — one unassisted and one off an assist by Toby Garrett — to make it 2-0 about 15 minutes into the game.
Less than a minute later, Garrett scored off an assist by Dominyk Lewis.
Hugo Henry scored an unassisted goal to close out the first half, and the Highlanders led 4-0 at halftime.
The second half saw Nolan Cotton come tantalizingly close to scoring on several different occasions, before Andy Blevins finally tacked on a fifth goal to close out the scoring.
The Highlanders dominated both possession and shot attempts. In fact, Union County had precious few touches on the Highlanders' side of the half line.
With the win, Scott High enters the District 5-AA tournament having won two of its last three games. The Highlanders will travel to Clinton on Monday to face the second-seeded Dragons. Clinton won the regular season meeting with a golden goal in overtime after the Highlanders led most of the game.
If they can find a way to win on Monday, the Highlanders will next hope for Anderson County to defeat Kingston — not just because Scott defeated the Mavericks in the regular season (on penalty kicks), but because an AC win would give the Highlanders home field advantage in the championship game.
Monday's game is an elimination game. The loser's season will be finished, while the winner will be guaranteed at least two more games.