Boys Varsity Soccer · The Dons of Spanish Fork Log Another “W.”


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In a battle that shouldn’t matter because they aren’t competing in the same region, the Spanish Fork Dons played at a level that had a wildly enthusiastic sideline believing it was a championship match! The Red Devils of Springville, a senior-heavy team, didn’t back down from the intense pressure and drive they found facing them on the pitch at the Spanish Fork field today. The Devils came to play and play they did.
The score remained zeros with several shots on goal either not finding the frame or gathered up by the Springville Keeper. But the Dons kept pounding and a missle of a shot came late in the 20th minute as Senior Ryker Barton located the top-right corner from nearly 45 yards out! “It was SO pretty!,” said head coach, Shane Ferrin. “This is a different team! So much more disciplined and talented individually than teams before. And that talent allows these boys to play together in a way no team before them has been able to. Regardless of the final outcome, this season is going to be a lot of fun!,” Ferrin gushed.
The half ended with the lone SF goal lighting the scoreboard. And that score would remain until the 66th minute when Junior, Cesar Fuentes teed one up from way outside on the left line. It was a perfectly curled left-footed ball and it too found the top-right corner, putting the Dons up by two.
The only real opportunity the Devils got was when a long ball of their own was attempted from 10 yards beyond the goal area. The Springville Junior went unmarked and saw a lane to shoot through. It was a hard and low bal that would have found the back of the net if not for Senior Keeper, Jacob Atkinson. Atkinson has manned the box regularly since entering the program as a Freshman. “We have such trust in Jacob,” Ferrin offered. “He’s been through some pretty effective training over the years and he commands the field exactly as I want him to. He’s also a good example and mentor to our other three keepers. They all work beautifully together and Jacob is very good to share and help in a way that guarantees the program will have strong and smart players guarding our frame for years to come.”
When the final whistle blew on an exciting and sometime tense preseason match that saw the Dons as the victors, the crowd had been entertained, the players and coaches had been validated for their hard work, and the Springville Red Devils had closed the day feeling as though they had attended a clinic on how soccer should be played.
Congratulations to both squads in the upcoming season.