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Alta Shuts Out Spanish Fork with 12-0 Win

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The Hawks hosted the Warriors Friday night and came away with the win. From the first moments of the game, Alta gained possession and dominated it for most of the game. Spanish Fork has not had a scoreless game since losing to Lehi in April of 2009, their first season.
The Hawks won the opening face-off and quickly set the pace and tone for the rest of the game. Just over a minute into the game, Alta midfielder Grant Valentine scored the first goal of the game. Throughout the first, Alta controlled the ball much of the time. Spanish Fork defense held their ground and Warrior goalie Morgan Dunn made several great saves.
Unfortunately, however, the Warriors struggled to clear the ball to their offense. This was a trend that continued throughout the game, of which the Hawks took advantage. With just under five minutes left in the first, defenseman Steven Boyce took the ball from the Warriors and cleared it into the Alta offensive end, assisting attackman Tanner Clegg for the goal. Alta’s fifth goal of the quarter also came from a pass picked off at midfield by Colby Smith, who again assisted Clegg for the point.
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The second and third quarters only saw a total of two points. Alta possessed the ball for a majority of the time. Spanish Fork defense worked hard and kept the Hawks to just one point per quarter.
In the fourth, Alta picked up the pace again on offense and were able to outplay Spanish Fork’s defense, who had to work hard much of the game. The Hawks picked up their final five goals of the game to claim their first shutout win since their opening game of the 2012 season against Riverton.
“The players have been putting in a lot of hard work,” commented Alta Head Coach Kevin Perkins. “I have been asking them to step up their IQ over the last couple of weeks and they really put in, again, the hard work not only to raise their game physically, but mentally as well. You can tell in this game we dominated every aspect of the game.”
“The D unit stepped up,” Coach Perkins continued, “Dakota [Crismon] had a great game in cage. Anything that came near him he stopped.”
Alta will move on to play the Jordan Beetdiggers on Tuesday, March 25. Spanish Fork’s next game is against Viewmont, also on the 25th.

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