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American Fork Claims First Victory Over Riverton

American Fork v. Riverton

The Cavemen of American Fork traveled to Riverton Monday afternoon for the first game of their season. The Silverwolves just returned from the Best of the West tournament in Las Vegas over the weekend. Through a pretty close game, American Fork ended up on top with an 11 to 8 win.
“It was a good start,” commented American Fork Head Coach Tyler Monteath, “[The boys] came out strong right from the beginning of the game. They were really playing like one unit. Last time we faced Riverton they beat us in double overtime. We knew we were going to have a tough game because they are a good team. I couldn’t be happier of how our boys reacted and played today.”
From the beginning of the game, both teams showed that they were ready to play. American Fork scored a quick first goal, which was answered by two goals for the Silverwolves. Play continued at the same rate with the first ending at a tie.
American Fork v. Riverton
Riverton opened the scoring in the second quarter, but it was their last of the half. American Fork began a lead that they would maintain throughout the rest of the game.
American Fork continued to control the ball. Both teams were playing fairly well, but the Cavemen were finding the cage more often, going up by three by the end of the quarter. Riverton Attackman Zac Tueller scored a sweet behind-the-back goal on an open goal, assisted by Ian Elson. Jared Baird scored his fourth and final goal for American Fork to wrap up the quarter.
At this point, Riverton began to show a bit of exhaustion as American Fork stayed strong. The Cavemen controlled most of the transition game, which helped them perpetuate their lead. Riverton, however, was not willing to give up until the final whistle. During the last two minutes of the game, the Silverwolves took a total of 9 shots, furiously fighting to take the game back. Unfortunately for them, however, most were just wide and the rest we saved by freshman goalie Max Sturgill.
“Stick skills,” continued coach Monteath, about what won them the game. “Just being smart with the ball. Making sure we aren’t forcing the ball to the middle. Capitalizing on opportunities and making sure we aren’t forcing anything.”
American Fork FOS Jace Miller had a good game as well, picking up a goal and an assist. Monteath had a lot to say about Miller’s performance, “[He] always stands out. That kid is a work horse. He’s my faceoff guy; he plays defense, he plays offense. No matter what I ask him to do, he’s out working hard. He’s my go-to guy if I need anything.”
Monteath also stated, “Landon Nelson, one of our defenders, was all over the field today. No matter where you looked he would always be taking the ball away, getting ground balls, getting the ball to offense. Our man-down team never got scored on.”
American Fork will head to West Lake on Wednesday to take on the Westlake Thunder in their varsity debut game. The Silverwolves will next face the Jordan Beetdiggers on Friday.

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