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American Fork Runs Over Alta, Into Title Game

The American Fork Lady Cavemen took on the surprising upstart Alta Hawks in the second girls D-I semifinal game on Wednesday night at Alta High School, and for a half, it looked like the game could go either way. Two quick goals from American Fork were answered by Alta, and though the Lady Cavemen had many chances, sloppy play, dropped passes, and a stout Alta defense kept things close–the Hawks always seemed to have an answer. The second half was another story: American Fork went on runs of three and four goals and looked almost unstoppable against a tired Alta squad, opening up a big lead and leaving no doubt about being a title contender with the 14-6 victory.
“Alta’s a tremendous team, just a tremendous team,” observed American Fork head coach Ray Langhaim, “[Playing against a good underdog] is a different mindset, but at the same time we have to play our own game. We know what our strengths and our weaknesses are…as long as we have possession of the ball, we know we can win the game.”
The Lady Cavemen played a solid team game, get multiple goals from five different players: Savannah Ernst led the way with 5g, Mallorie Van Woerkom had a hat trick, and Portia Card, Katey Busche, and Savannah Thomas each netted a pair.
2016-AmericanFork-Alta-Girls-Semifinals-05On the opposite side, Jaida Webster and Lauren Ogden were stars for the Hawks, scoring three goals and two goals respectively. Alta also played American Fork tough, despite the lopsided outcome–scrapping for ground balls and playing physical defense throughout the evening.
“We’ve just gotta continue to do what we know how to do,” said Coach Langhaim of the upcoming championship contest, “I don’t think you can stop [Marina] Mayo…she’s gonna get her goals no matter what, so we’ve just got to be prepared for that and take our shots on the offensive end and hit the goal.”

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