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Miners, Bengals Cruise to Girls D-I Championship Game

The Girls D-I semifinals kicked off on Wednesday with No. 1 (North) Park City beating No. 2 (South) American Fork, 12-8.
American Fork scored first when Emily Kate Esplin took it to the house and opened the scoring. Park City reeled off three goals to take an early two goal lead. American Fork fought back and scored three goals of their own over a five and a half minute span, earning a 4-3 lead midway through the first half. Brooke Jones, Savannah Ernst and Esplin found net during the run. Both teams traded two goals, leaving the Cavemen with a 6-5 lead with 1:30 left in the first half. Park City midfielder Hannah Hyatt scored at the 1:01 mark and Jeni Gordon scored as timed expired to give the Miners a 7-6 lead at halftime.
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Marina Mayo opened the scoring for Park City in the second half but Esplin answered right back. The Miners then went on a three goal run that proved to be the final dagger. Both teams would notch goals late in the game, giving Park City a 12-8 win.
American Fork goalie Shauntae Storms kept the score close with several big saves. Storms finished with 10 saves. Park City goalie Maddie Komisar finished with 6 saves. Park City controlled 15 of 21 draws.
In the second game, No. 1 (South) Alta fell to No. 2 (North) Brighton, 10-5.
Brighton jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after just 7 minutes of play on goals by Bergan McArdle, Zoe Totland and Tiffiny Wallace. The Hawks finally got their first possession at the 17:30 mark and had the ball in their end for three minutes before Kayla Medina drove from the top middle of the field and scored. Brighton scored again followed by two goals by Alta late in the first half. Brighton goalie Taylor Hekking made a key save with 40 seconds left to keep the Bengal lead heading into halftime.
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Alta tied the game after the break but Brighton answered with four straight goals and rock solid defense. Alta would pull a goal back at the 1:22 mark and Brighton would answer to make the final score 10-5 for Brighton.
Hekking finished with 11 saves for the Bengals. Jessica Christensen had 4 saves for the Hawks. Alta controlled 9 of 17 draws.
Brighton will face Park City in the Girls D-I Championship game on Saturday at Noon. All Championship games will be at Corner Canyon High School in Draper.

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