Most family members rarely have a chance to play a sport at the same time as a sibling, but for Jace and Jack Babka, the chance to play together is special. Jace, a Senior Midfielder and Jack, a Sophomore Goalie were the stars for the Beetdiggers against the Herriman Mustangs on Thursday. Jace tallied 3 goals and 1 assist while Jack had 9 saves en route to a 7-6 come behind victory.
Herriman attackman and leader Chantz Roberts opened the game with a goal, but it was clear this was an early season game in the first quarter. After a goal by Jace early in the second quarter, an alley dodge righty rip, the Mustangs found their stride. Cayden Thompson started the four goal run when he ripped a shot that was saved, but a teammate picked up the rebound and passed to Thompson again who was determined to not miss again as he buried the ball in the back of the net. Roberts added his second goal followed by goals from Brock Butterfield and Kaden Strasters, giving the Mustangs a 5-1 lead at halftime. With two quarters to play, the Beetdiggers knew there was plenty of time to chip away at the Herriman lead. At the 9:32 mark, Jace found the back of the net, on an alley dodge to make the score 5-2. Jordan attackman Chandler Jeppesen tallied his first goal of the game when Jack Babka made a save, cleared to Jace who took it the distance, drew the defense and found Jeppesen who scored. Jeppesen scored again just 22 seconds later on a wrap around goal from X to make the score 5-4. Herriman added a goal before the quarter ended on a great goal by Dallin Ogden.
Jace pulled a goal back on a an alley dodge, his third of the game, which gave the Beetdiggers more momentum. Jordan midfielder Fin Morrison tied the game with 3:08 remaining when he stayed home on a loose ball scramble. Jordan came up with the ball and found Morrison who was wide open and scored. The game-winning goal came at the 2:36 mark when Austin Porter found the back of the net. The Mustangs were unable to get another good luck and the Beetdiggers sent the home fans packing with smiles on their faces.
“These kids have heart,” said Jordan head coach Ryan Watts. “They realized we got punched in the stomach early, but knew there was still time and we just slowly chipped away. Jack Babka was our player of the game. They took a lot of great shots but Jack made great saves. His brother Jace also played well.”
Jordan will head down State Street to face Corner Canyon on March 10. Herriman will take to the road and play Alta, also on March 10.