The Jordan Beetdiggers and Spanish Fork Warriors met in a UHSLL play-in game on Tuesday afternoon in Sandy for rights to enter the UHSLL playoff bracket. The Beetdiggers used a strong second half to end the Warriors season en route to a 12-5 win.
“We’ve had some ups and downs this season but we came ready for this first round,” said Jordan Head Coach Brett Bird. “We were wondering what kind of game we would play today and we played our game so that helped us get the win and the momentum to take into the next round.”
Jordan reeled off two quick goals early in the first quarter but the Warriors fought right back and tied the game at 2 with 2:12 remaining in the quarter. Jordan added to their total out of the first quarter break with goals by Braxton McClellan and Brad Anderson. Spanish Fork answered on a man-up opportunity with a time and room step down by Gavin McClain. Jordan followed up with their own man-up goal when McClellan was able to find space in the middle of the field and get a nice bounce shot past the Spanish Fork goalie to make the score 5-3 for Jordan at halftime.
Two, three goal runs separated by a lone Spanish Fork goal in the second half propelled the Beetdiggers into cruise control en route to the 12-5 victory. The Anderson/Jace Babka duo was key for the Beetdiggers during the second half, combining for 3 goals and 2 assists. While the Beetdigger stars shined bright, it was the other players on the field who helped close out the win. Finlay Morrison and Chandler Jeppesen stepped up when they needed to. In goal, Jared Rigby had a stellar day for Jordan, registering 8 saves.
“Those individuals who haven’t had a lot of time this year got some in this game and really did well,” said Bird. “Our first lines helped work them onto the field and everyone was on the same page.”
The Beetdiggers will take to the road to face the Bountiful on Friday. In their regular season match-up, Bountiful won 12-7. Spanish Fork finishes the year a 3-9 record.
Halftime at the first UHSLL play-in game: Jordan leads Spanish Fork 5-3. pic.twitter.com/1njkWHf3Xg
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