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No. 1 Seeds, Copper Hills & Roy, Advance to Championship in Girls D-II

The first game of the Girls D-II semifinals saw Roy defeat Lehi, 9-6, in a great game to open the last week of the season.
Lehi opened the scoring just a minute into the game with a free position goal by Shea Munger. Roy reeled off three straight goals over a 10 minute span. Brittany Talbot began the spree with a great dodge at the top center of the field and took it the distance. Madison Geilmann scored the second goal of the run when she went iso and spin at the 8 meter then buried the shot low. Breanna Bodle finished the run when she was able to capitalize on a free position shot to make the score 3-1 with 9:30 left in the first half.
Lehi fought back and tied the game with a free position goal by Munger then a great shot from the wing from Addie Pearson. Roy would get a free position shot of their own at the 1:35 mark and then scored again with a minute left to take a 5-3 lead into the halftime break.
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Lehi tied the game early in the second half on two great goals by Munger. The scoring prompted a timeout from Roy who used the pep talk to score two goals of their own to regain the lead. Lehi pulled one back with 16:45 to play but the Roy defense wouldn’t allow a goal the rest of the game. Madisyn Stevens and Kelsie Hughes added goals for the Royals but Roy goalie Kennadi Varnell solidified the win with three great saves late in the game.
“I thought we executed good and we played tough defense and got the goals when we needed them,” said Roy head coach John McCain.
The Royals are just in their third season, reaching the championship game for the first time.
“Credit goes to Kelli Taylor, our first coach. We have a ton of returning players and our experience shows on the field,” said McCain.
Lehi won 10 of 17 draws. Lehi goalie Tigerlily Jasmer had 9 saves for the Pioneers while Varnell finished with 6.
In the second game, Copper Hills fending off the Woods Cross Wildcats and nabbed a 6-5 win to advance to the championship game against Roy.
The first half was a defensive battle with both goalies and defenses holding tight. Woods Cross scored the first goal in transition when Daisy Mele got behind the defense and scored one on one with Copper Hills goalie Nikki Holbrook. Copper Hills leveled six minutes later when Brenlee Fordham went iso from the wing past two defenders and found the back of the net. The Wildcats regained the lead when a loose ball was collected and Miranda Peck was found wide open on the crease who then buried the ball. Copper Hills equalized on a free position goal by Kiara Montoya to make the score 2-2 which is how the half would end.
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Copper Hills earned their first lead of the game early in the second half when Madalyn Huber scored. Woods Cross scored two goals of their own to regain the lead but Copper Hills went on a three goal run that would enough to claim a 6-5 win but not after some intense moments towards the end of the game. The Grizzlies tried to stall but Woods Cross caused a turnover and Jessica Reber took it the distance while drawing a shooting space foul. Reber lined up, the whistle blew and Reber fired it low. Holbrook was quick and saved the ball which deflected out of bounds. The Grizzlies tried to clear but failed but the Wildcats were unable to create an offense which sealed the win for the Grizzlies.
“There are no superstars on the team. It takes 23 players to win the championship and 23 players to lose,” said Copper Hills head coach Tom Vu.
Both goalies, Holbrook and Woods Cross goalie Tiffany Cordon each had 6 saves. Woods Cross won 8 of 13 draws.
The Grizzlies and Royals faced each other on March 25 with Copper Hills taking home a 10-4 win.

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