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Were it not for a save that caused one to think of the popular YouTube video showcasing the incredible saves of Scott Sterling’s face, the Utes of Uintah might have turned the momentum early in the second half.
Senior Keeper, Jacob Atkinson earned the clean sheet by virtue of his willingness to use his face for more than just a place to store his nose. A rocket shot, the only one to challenge the Dons, was played by Atkinson and his face, keeping the Utes at zero and earning the heroic keeper a visit to the bench for Concussion testing.
Jacob re-entered the match ten minutes later after being cleared to play.
Atkinson didn’t see much action after that as the Dons only allowed the ball in their half three times in the second period. Flawless passing, inspired movement off the ball, and shot after shot after shot gave Spanish Fork the satisfying win going into Spring Break week.
Goals from Sophomores Enoch Pendleton and Ethan Binks found the back of the net, along with Seniors Alexis Baez and Jacob Fernandez.
The Utes have struggled this season, losing the majority of their games. With a new head coach and a lot of solid talent, this Uintah team will be one to watch in the next two or three years.
“I was so proud of our subs today!” Said head coach Shane Ferrin. “Each player off the bench increased the intensity of the team and improved the play overall. These boys are something special, for sure!”
Spanish Fork will take advantage of the break, using the time off to heal some key players who are working through injuries. The Dons return the following Monday with a home match against visiting RSL Academy.