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Hawks Pull Off First Regular Season Win Against Silverwolves

The Alta Hawks hosted the Silverwolves of Riverton Monday night. After losing their first two games of the season, the Hawks took home their first regular season win. After a strong start and a solid finish, Alta ended the game ahead 17 to 9.
“We’re happy we got a win,” said Alta Head Coach Josh Snyder. “I thought that we did decent on possession, man-up was pretty good. Overall, I think we could have been a little more intense. I think we let the ball on our defensive end a little more than we should have. We did a good job of finding the open man.”
Hawk attackman Jayden Dyer opened the scoring early as he came from behind the goal to score unassisted. Riverton was not phased by this quick goal. Silverwolf attackman Kalen Cook soon tied up the game, assisted by Zac Tueller. Tueller quickly scored the team’s second goal to put Riverton on top. Alta then took control of the ball, scoring four more to finish out the quarter.
The Hawks continued their streak with another goal early in the second. The Silverwolves broke the five-point streak at the 8:24 mark with a goal on a clear. At this point Alta picked up their intensity and successfully controlled the ball for the next few minutes, scoring three more points.
Riverton felt the need to take a time out, and it paid off. Silverwolf attack picked up their game, started taking more shots and eventually connected. However, Alta was not going to allow another point for the remainder of the half. The Hawks finished out the half, scoring a goal with just 25 seconds left, drawing a penalty. By half time the Hawks owned an 11-4 lead on Riverton.

Halftime proved beneficial to the Silverwolves. Riverton opened the scoring in the second half and holding the Hawks to just one point in the third. A rejuvenated Silverwolf squad had stepped on the field. Goalie Cole Wood made a handful of crucial saves, some back-to-back. The margin closed to five points and it seemed that Riverton would make a comeback.
Withing the first minute of the final quarter Riverton had scored again. The gap was closing and the Silverwolves hoped for a chance to catch up. The Hawks had other plans. Beginning with a man-up goal by midfielder Jonathan Castor, Alta went on a 5-0 run, putting the score at 17-8. Riverton had resolved to play the game until the final moments and they were able to score one final point, but in the end fell short of a comeback.
When asked which players stood out, Coach Snyder stated, “Zac Pexton. He likes to take the game into his control. He’s a good attackman, good, aggressive guy.” Pexton ended the game with a total of four goals and one assist. “Steve Huetter on our defensive end also played well,” continued Snyder. “He’s a small kid, but that kid is one aggressive, nasty man. He came out and played hard.”
“We are just looking to make a statement,” said Coach Snyder about his plans for the remainder of the season. “We are a team that can be reckoned with. This team just wants to go out and say that we are a team that needs to be dealt with and is going to do good things in the playoffs.”

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