With a Region 3 championship on the line, Skyline left little doubt as to which team was more hungry Thursday.
The Eagles came out sizzling with three goals in the opening 12 minutes, more than enough to hold off Cottonwood for the 3-1 victory. The teams finished region play with identical 9-1 records, and a coin flip Friday morning will determine seeding for next week's state tournament.
"You want to play hard from the start, but if you had a choice, you wouldn't want to score goals that fast," said Skyline coach Greg Deyle, who was genuinely worried about holding off a talented Colt team for the remaining 68 minutes.
Then again, it isn't any easier doing the chasing.
In the fourth minute, following three minutes of continuous pressure from Skyline, Christy Knaub unspooled a perfectly placed shot from the top of the box to put the Eagles ahead 1-0.
The goal came as a relief for Skyline, which by Deyle's calculations, was shutout 3-0 by Cottonwood earlier this year despite outshooting the Colts 27-11.
"They played well, but that definitely wasn't our day last time," said Deyle.
A little more than a minute after solving Cottonwood's hex, the Eagles found paydirt again, this time on a well-driven shot from Shannon Larsen following several nifty dribbling moves around Colt defenders.
"We caught them on their heels," said Deyle.
The onslaught wasn't over for the beleaguered Colts either. In the 12th minute Skyline's McKenzie Morton whipped a free kick into the penalty area, which Chelsea Reichard easily headed into the net for a 3-0 lead.
Cottonwood tacked on a 72nd minute goal by Marli Martin, but it wasn't nearly enough to earn the Colts the undefeated region season they were hoping for.
A big reason they came up short was the play of Skyline defender Alica White. The junior stopper controlled the defensive third, and did an excellent job limiting the scoring opportunities for Cottonwood standout Megan Ohai.
"I was really pleased with Alica White today," said Deyle. "She was on everything."
In other games Thursday:
WEBER 3, DAVIS 2 (2OT): Kylie Johnson scored the game winner for Weber halfway through the second overtime in a tight match.
NORTHRIDGE 4, CLEARFIELD 0: The Knights got goals from Mercedes Koning, Heather Harvey, Katie Castel and Kelsey Ehlers. Linsi Roberts shut out the Falcons.
VIEWMONT 4, FREMONT 1: Erin Dalley's three-goal performance for Viewmont was the difference in the win over Fremont.
HILLCREST 5, COPPER HILLS 0: Mackenzie Boogaard notched two goals for the Huskies in an easy win over. Kelsie Akre recorded the shutout for Hillcrest.
ALTA 2, JORDAN 0: Hailey DeYoung and Katie Larkin recorded one goal each in the second half for Alta in the win. Amanda Condie and Lynzee Lee split time as the goalkeepers.
BINGHAM 4, RIVERTON 0: Alyssa VanderVeur led all scorers with two goals for the Miners, while Ali Griffin earns her 11th shutout.
BRIGHTON 2, WEST JORDAN 0: Brighton's Lindsay Smart and Missy Davis each scored once for the Bengals in the second half. Goalkeepers Lindsay Foote and Brooke Beuhner earned the shutout in goal.
TAYLORSVILLE 7, GRANGER 0: Kendree Canham and Whitney Brown found the back of the net twice for Taylorsville. Jesse Brown kept Granger scoreless in goal for the Warriors.
HUNTER 3, KEARNS 1: Raisha Sweigart scored halfway through the second half to seal the game in favor of the Wolverines and complete the hat-trick. Sarah Jorgensen held the Cougar attack to just one goal to get the third seed in Region 3.
SKYLINE 3, COTTONWOOD 1: Christy Knaub, Shannon Larsen and Chelsea Reichard all scored within the first 12 minutes as the Eagles topped the Colts to earn a share of the Region 3 title. Cottonwood's Marli Martin tacked on a late goal in the 72nd minute.
JUDGE MEMORIAL 2, MOUNTAIN VIEW 1: Asha Richardson scored the winning goal for Judge in the final minute of the second half to down Mountain View.
WASATCH 2, LEHI 1: Stacee Smith scored a golden goal 7 minutes in OT on an assist by Holly Whiting to give Wasp coach Dawain Wheatley his 100th career win.
TIMPANOGOS 6, NORTH SANPETE 0: Goalkeeper Sutton Cherrington scored once and kept North Sanpete scoreless in an easy win. Timpanogos remains undefeated this season.
LONE PEAK 3, AMERICAN FORK 0: Laura Goodrich, Sabrina Brown and Lauren Hair scored for Lone Peak in the shutout, and secured a spot for the Knights in the 4A tournament.
UINTAH 2, ROWLAND HALL 1: BreAnna Hansen scored both goals for Uintah, the second coming off a penalty kick in the second half. Liz Elliott scored the lone goal for Rowland Hall in the losing effort.
SNOW CANYON 3, MORGAN 2: Snow Canyon spread the scoring around three players in the play-in win over Morgan.
BOX ELDER 0, ROY 0 (2OT) (BOX ELDER WINS 6-5): Bees' Kim Garrett scored the game winning shootout kick to give Box Elder the fourth seed in the playoffs. The Bees and the Royals were scoreless through regulation and two overtimes before the shootout settled the game.