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Syracuse Runs Past American Fork Into Finals


Syracuse came into today’s game with questions after watching Connor Meyer go down with a knee injury last Saturday against Northridge. American Fork came in riding high as the No. 1 seed from the SLC/South Division. Syracuse was fueled by Jordan Stark whose nine goals propelled them to the 13-9 win.
After give and take on possessions by both teams, American Fork was able to capitalize first when Coulson Tucker found Chase Cuillard for the goal when the defense was unsettled.  Coulson would help American Fork extend the lead when he found Ammon Robert cutting for the catch and shot to make it 2-0.  Syracuse’s Jordan Stark would finally drive and score to bring the game back 2-1.  American Fork would strike on the man up just before the end of the quarter when Coulson found Cuillard on the man up play to end the quarter 3-1 in favor of American Fork.
Syracuse would start the second quarter when Stark would notch his second goal of the game. American Fork came right back on a fast break when Cuillard would find Jared Baird to bring the lead back to 4-2.  Syracuse midfielder Caleb Hill would then take a fast break coast to coast, followed by Stark who would take the faceoff and drive in for the goal to tie the game 4 all.  American Fork would answer when Tucker would sting the back of the net for the goal to give the Cavemen a 5-4 lead.  Stark would answer back with two straight goals to give Syracuse the 6-5 lead.  The game intensity increased towards the end of the half with both teams tallying goals as well as many caused turnovers. The half would end in a fury as American Fork had a chance to take the lead with seconds left in the game but the Syracuse defense stood strong to take the game into halftime tied 7-7.
Stark would continue his hot hand as he would dodge from behind the goal and sting the shot top shelf to give Syracuse 8-7 lead to start the second half.  After a long possession Jackson Anderson found Starks for the goal to extend the lead 9-7.  American Fork would try to gain possession, but James Honaker would take the ball and go coast to coast with his long pole for the goal to give Syracuse the 10-7 lead. After a time out American Fork would get a golden opportunity, but the shot found the pipe which led Syracuse to a Tulane goal to extend their lead 11-7. That would be the score at the end of the third quarter as both teams took to frantic play.
Syracuse would start the fourth quarter with the ball and a man down as they had possession of the ball at the end of the quarter and a man in the box.  After taking a long possession that resulted in no goal, American Fork took the ball from behind the goal when Baird out ran the defense topside for the easy goal to bring the game closer at 11-8.  Syracuse would strike again after a long possession when Stark was found in the middle for a fade away low to high rip to extend the lead 12-8.  Stark would get his 9th goal in the game on a man up situation while being guarded by the goalie and his defender; he got topside to finish the Syracuse scoring at 13-8. American Fork would make a small run late but it was too little too late as Syracuse would win 13-9.
Syracuse Head Coach Jay Meyer said after the game, “We worked really well before this game on our defense, and I felt they really stepped up, especially in the second half where they only scored twice. Faceoff guys were able to learn in the past against Connor and Caleb and were able to step in, and we really didn’t miss a step.”  He added, “Jordan Stark did amazing; I don’t think I have seen a performance like that before.  He absolutely stepped up and it was an amazing game.”
Star of the game Syracuse Midfielder Jordan Stark said about his team’s performance, “We played well as a team. We had a slow start but really hit our stride in the second half; I feel we are really peaking right now as a team.” He added, “It was great to break the school record for goals in the game. Connor had set the mark earlier this year at 8 goals and it was good to get that record back.”
Syracuse will take on Sky View for the ULA Boys D-II Championship Saturday at 4pm up at Park City High School.

  1. Someone asked earlier in the season, “What about Syracuse? Haven’t heard much.” Must not have been paying attention. Here we are. Going to state. GO TITIANS!!!

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