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Herriman Continues to Dominate, Downs American Fork, 14-2

Herriman Attackman Dillon Meyer dives to save a ball
Herriman Attackman Dillon Meyer dives to save a ball

The Herriman Mustangs continued to show why they are the top team in D-II this season with a 14-2 victory over American Fork on Tuesday. The Mustangs improved to 10-1 with the lone loss coming to Brighton earlier in the season.
Herriman scored first when Braxton Thompson found the back of the net on a great pass from Chantz Roberts. The next goal for the Mustangs came from an unusual source. Goalie Wyatt Katsos made his way to the top of the score sheet with a goal of his own. On a clear, the Cavemen locked off the d-poles, allowing Katsos to walk the ball up the field. Once he got to midfield, he decided to push the ball, expecting to draw a slide. The slide never came and Katsos stepped into the box and ripped a low shot into the back of the net. On the ensuing face-off, midfielder Ben Richard won the face-off and took it to the cage, scoring for the Mustangs. Roberts would finish out the quarter with a goal to give Herriman a 4-0 lead after the first quarter.

Herriman Attackman Dillon Meyer dives to save a ball
Herriman Attackman Dillon Meyer dives to save a ball
American Fork scored first in the second quarter with great play from Sophmore Jace Miller. The goal boosted the spirits of the Cavemen, giving them a little bit of momentum after a rough first quarter. The Mustangs, however, didn’t want their first conference loss coming at the hands of American Fork, so they turned it into high gear, scoring at will and playing great defense, forcing outside shots that were gobbled up by Katsos.
The Mustangs reeled off 10 straight goals from 7 different players, including defenseman Nicholas Williams. The Herriman defense was like a brick wall. American Fork scored again at the 6:34 mark in the fourth quarter when the Cavemen won the face-off and were able to execute a fast-break, finishing with a goal by Jared Baird, capping off the scoring in a lopsided affair, giving the Mustangs the 14-2 win.
“Our goalie play is stellar,” said Herriman Head Coach Mark Roothoff. “I haven’t given him [Katsos] enough credit this year. Our defense is general has done a great job this year and you saw that today.”
Katsos had 8 saves and a goal. American Fork Goalies Porter Holland had 8 saves and Chase Smith had 1 save. Herriman dominated face-offs winning 13 of 19. Chantz Roberts led all scorers with 4 goals and an assist. Ben Richard had 4 goals.
Both teams return to action on Friday when Herriman faces Lehi and American Fork plays Timpview.

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