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All-State soccer: MVPs lived up to big roles

By Jessica Wilde

Deseret News

Published: Monday, Nov. 14 2011 10:52 p.m. MST

5A MVP

Ali Forsberg, Viewmont

A wildly successful season and a trip to the finals was nothing new for senior Ali Forsberg.

Forsberg made her mark yet again this year, turning heads with her amazing scoring ability and knack for feeding her teammates the ball.

The speedy Viewmont forward has been among the 5A elite for the last two years and finished her high school career with an extraordinary season. She scored 28 goals, had several assists, and led her team to Rio Tinto for the second year in a row.

"It was really awesome to go back there (Rio Tinto) again," she said. "We wish the game would have gone the other way, but I'm proud of the girls and how we played."

Forsberg was second in the state for goals scored. She scored six in one game during the regular season, and it's likely she would have scored several more over the course of the year had the mercy rule not taken effect in so many of the Vikings' games.

"She's a goal-scorer," coach Eric Landon said. "She identifies situations and is able to make things happen. She has always been really fast with the ball."

Landon saw Forsberg's potential as a freshman and was starting her by the end of that first year. Her competitive nature and desire to score set her apart.

"I am a really competitive person," Forsberg said. "I really love to score."

On top of her scoring power, she's an all-around team player capable of taking on different roles.

"She knew she wasn't going to do it all by herself," Landon said. "She was able to play the ball to other players and help everyone else be successful. She puts her teammates before herself."

The Vikings breezed through Region 2 unscathed and finished with an overall record of 18-2. Their only defeat, other than the championship final, came in the early preseason and they went undefeated for 17 straight games after that loss.

Despite falling victim to Alta at Rio Tinto last month, the Vikings beat the Hawks when they met in the preseason and Forsberg scored two goals in the victory. The championship rematch was well-matched, despite the loss.

"We knew we were good enough (to get to the championship)," Forsberg said. "I had mixed feelings at the end of the game, but we did all we could do."

Forsberg will make a name for herself on the college level next fall, as she has committed to play for the University of Utah on an athletic scholarship.

4A MVP

Jamie Harward, Timpanogos

The Timpanogos Timberwolves picked up their second consecutive 4A state title with senior soccer star Jamie Harward acting as the glue in the midfield.

She ran the show for the Timberwolves on many levels and refused to stay off the field when three stress fractures threatened to end her high school career five weeks early.

Harward started the season with one fracture and was playing on three by the end of the season.

"I thought, 'It's my senior year.' Nothing is going to stop me from playing soccer," she said. "I figured if it's a fracture, it's a fracture and I'll get it checked out after. I wasn't going to sit out."

Lucky for the Timberwolves, the senior captain was able to finish out the season and led them to another state championship alongside fellow captain, Lexie Henrie.

Harward was one of two seniors and her role was crucial to the team's success.

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