In a matchup that would determine who would control sole possession of first place in Region 9, the Golden Eagles--thanks to a hat trick from Nixon Jackson and two assists from Ruth Swain--defeated the SkyHawks to move to 4-1 in region play. The win was a crucial one for Maple Mountain, which suffered a hard-to-swallow defeat to Spanish Fork last week. Through the first half of region play, Salem Hills, Springville and Wasatch all sit one game behind Maple Mountain in what is shaping up to be an intriguing battle for the Region 9 crown. "We needed the win today. After a tough loss last week, this was a chance for us to learn how to bounce back and not stay defeated. The game tonight was a lot like our season has been, overall good but not perfect. We played strong and connected passes. Now we need to put together a full 80 minutes of mental toughness to go with our physical play," said Maple Mountain head coach Clif Swain.