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Bountiful Finds Silver Lining Despite Tough Season

To say that the Bountiful Braves took a step back this season would likely be an understatement. The team that was 12-4 last season and a single goal from going to the UHSLL state championship game seemed like a distant memory as the Braves 2015 campaign began with four straight losses, including a 10-0 shutout at the hands of Weber.
“We have a long history of being a successful team,” mused Bountiful head coach Pete Jordan, “So it was hard on these guys to take loss after loss.”
Part of what made the season such a difficult one for the young Bountiful squad was that past success gave them a top-20 strength of schedule and they found themselves playing most of the best teams in the state. The Braves nabbed their first win against a reeling Woods Cross team, but had little to celebrate as their next game resulted in a 20-2 drubbing versus Lone Peak and led to three more losses.
“Every day we learn – we grow,” said Coach Jordan, “We’re young, so [we] had a lot of growing up to do.”
Bountiful used their learning and growth to get a valuable upset win against a Viewmont squad that they were expected to lose to. The hard-fought 10-8 victory gave the Braves a new confidence and a new outlook for the postseason.
“When we played Viewmont, our crosstown rival, it looked like things really clicked…I think [we] knew that [we] were a better team at that point. From there on, [we] weren’t okay with losing any more.”
The Braves found themselves entering the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the brand new UHSLL Class C playoffs, giving them a first-round bye and the chance to host the quarterfinal game. They made quick work of Idaho Falls, moving them into the semifinals against a Desert Hills team who was riding a three-game win streak.
The Braves built an early lead in that game and were able to hold off the upstart Thunder, pitting them against a Box Elder team that beat their first two playoff opponents by an average of ten goals. The championship game was textbook for Bountiful, again using big offense early to build a lead and then using a stifling ride and defense to hold off the Bees through the end and winning the Class C championship 10-6.
Coach Jordan reflected on what the Braves did to turn their season around and find the silver lining, “We really just tried to keep spirits up. Let them know that they had the talent – they had the ability. Just stick with it, just keep fighting, and you’ll see success.”
Bountiful will look to build on their success from this season as they return ten starters next year who will have a full season of playing together under their belts.

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