Pleasant Grove, Alta win state soccer titles

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SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The Herriman Mustangs came into the 6A boys soccer championship undefeated at 19-0-0 on the year. But the Pleasant Grove Vikings weren’t going to be intimidated.

After Isaac Chance scored a goal to give Herriman a lead in the 18th minute, Tyler Ashby scored the equalizer for the Vikings to send the game into overtime.

Neither team could score in the two extra periods, so it went to a penalty kick shootout. Chris Jenkinson made a couple of saves in goal for Pleasant Grove in goal, while Ashy scored the game-winner as the Vikings stormed the field in a frenzy.

“We put in the work all year long, starting in August we came in early, 6:30 AM  everyday, we deserve this,” Ashby said. “I can’t be more proud of my team.”

“This team deserves more than a championship, more than anything, this team is my blood,” said Jenkinson. “I love them so much, they deserve everything, state champs, baby!”

The 5A championship game also went into overtime, with Alta pulling out a 2-1 victory over Viewmont to win its second straight state title.

Cole Fassler gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead with a first half goal. Preston Pitt tied it up for Viewmont midway through the second half.

The game went into overtime, and the Hawks got some good fortune when the Vikings accidentally scored an own goal off of a throw in to give Alta the championship victory.

“Right now it feels like I’m a million years old,” said Alta head coach Lee Mitchell. “It’s great for these kids. They deserve it. They’ve worked so hard all season long. I’m proud of them.”

“Oh my gosh, it’s just surreal,” said Ashby. “This is unreal. Like, we made history tonight. We’re the first Alta boys team to go back to back. Oh my gosh. I don’t even know what to say.”

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