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American Fork Girls Leave No Doubt In Win Over Herriman

The undefeated American Fork Lady Cavemen hosted the undefeated Herriman Mustangs on Monday night in the kind of match-up one just hopes to see at the start of each season. The teams, ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in the state, respectively, played up to the hype with heart, hustle, grit, and determination. When the dust settled, the Lady Cavemen left no doubt about who’s playing the best lacrosse in the state, having used consistent teamwork and an unrelenting offense to grab the 10-6 victory and leaving them the only undefeated team left standing.
“We’re really good when we play as a team,” stated American Fork head coach Ray Langhaim, “It’s what makes us successful: we have seniors who lead and everyone contributes.”
The game started quickly with AF scoring goals on their first two offensive possessions. The Mustangs responded, though, with a free position goal to make things 2-1 with just a couple minutes off the clock. The teams then traded two goals apiece — Mallorie Van Woerkom and Savannah Ernst both sweeping across the front of the goal for scores for the Cavemen; Megan Barron cutting from behind the cage to catch and score and Aleksa Allen with a terrific transition goal off the draw for the Mustangs.
American Fork played physical defense, giving up several free-position opportunities to Herriman, but the Mustangs couldn’t capitalize. It looked like the Lady Cavemen might give themselves some breathing room for the half when Savannah Thomas scored a goal with just a minute and change left, but Herriman’s Hope Bryant answered, dodging from behind the goal and scoring with just seconds remaining, bringing the score to 5-4 AF at the break.
The second half started with some back and forth between the two teams before Herriman’s Allie Lambert picked off an errant clearing pass to get a one-on-one with the goalie and equalize things at 5 all. But that’s when American Fork’s offense showed its efficiency; the Lady Cavemen put shot after shot on cage, and despite some great saves by Mustang goalie Sofia Jimenez, four goals poured in from AF, including three in a row from Ernst. Lambert also scored one more for Herriman off a free-position shot, and had a great game at the center draw, giving the Mustangs the first look at most possessions.
Throughout the game, the Mustangs had some great opportunities on offense, but couldn’t corral some of the feeds in front of the cage, while other free-position shots and were stopped throughout the game in an outstanding performance by American Fork keeper Lauren Van Woerkom.
“Herriman’s a good team — they’re tough,” remarked Coach Langhaim, “This win is a big confidence booster, but it’s just one game. We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
American Fork will have a chance to do some of that work when they meet Juan Diego this Friday at 5:00 pm, and Herriman will have a chance to rebound when they host Olympus on Wednesday at 5:00 pm.

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