American Fork, Maple Mountain win girls soccer titles

American Fork knocks off Syracuse, 3-1, while Maple Mountain wins on PK's

SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - After falling behind at the half, 1-0, the American Fork High School girls soccer team came out on fire in the second half against Syracuse at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Josie Shepherd, her sister Jamie Shepherd and Addi Holmstead all scored goals, as American Fork beat Syracuse to win the 6A state championship.

"Throughout our whole season, we've been down and come back," said Holmstead, who scored on a breakaway. "It's helped a lot, and everyone wanted it. Everyone fought so, so hard, and I couldn't be more proud to be on the team that I'm on."

After Caroline Stringfellow gave the Titans a 1-0 lead at the break, the Lady Cavemen ripped through the Syracuse defense to quickly take control of the game, and ultimately win the state title.

"Just knowing that we're state champs and waiting for that time to finally end and celebrating with the team that I love and had such a great season with is awesome," said Jamie Shepherd.

American Fork wraps up the season with a record of 20-1.

In the 5A girls championship, Maple Mountain and Timpanogos went to penalty kicks, and the Golden Eagles pulled it out in PK's, 5-4.

After a scoreless first half, Anna Pickering gave Maple Mountain a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 53rd minute. 

But just six minutes later, Tess Donaldson scored the equalizer for the Timberwolves, sending the game into overtime and eventually penalty kicks.

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