SEQUOYAH — Dylan Piguet is one of the fastest athletes at Sequoyah, and his blistering speed was on full display Thursday night.
The sophomore was relentless in his attack of the Verdigris goal in the first half, sprinting past defenders on well-placed through balls from his teammates while also using his speed to create his own opportunities on the way to a first-half hat trick in a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals at the Pope Athletic Complex.
According to Eagles coach Barry Bulman, those three goals couldn’t have come at a better time.
“He’s been in a bit of a scoring slump, but he broke out and had a hat trick,” Bulman said of Piguet, who scored in the eighth, 12th and 35th minutes. “I cleared my bench in the second half, so he didn’t really get to play in the second half, but it was a big night for Dylan, and he really needed it. He’s been beating himself up pretty good about not finishing.
“The thing about Dylan is he draws double and triple coverage because he’s so fast, so it does open up other players even if he’s not finishing.”
Tyler Kruis scored two goals for Sequoyah, finding the back of the net in the second and 47th minutes. The latter came on a penalty kick, increasing the Eagles lead to 5-0.
Verdigris managed its first goal less than a minute later, but scores from Logan Hattaway (50’) and Andrew Fowler (52’) over the next five minutes quickly erased any chance the Cardinals had of forging a comeback.
Verdigris scored the final goal of the match off a goalkeeper deflection following a free kick in the 60th minute.
The Eagles improved to 10-0 with the victory, while the Cardinals fell to 3-6.