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Copper Hills Uses Big Second Half to Bury Rival West Jordan

West Jordan - Copper Hills

The West Jordan Jaguars played host to cross-town rival No. 5 Copper Hills Grizzlies on Monday afternoon in a physical Div-II South match-up. The unranked Jaguars had an upset on their minds as they kept things tight in the first half, but a big second half on offense and an outstanding performance from Grizzly keeper Nikki Holbrook gave Copper Hills the runaway victory, 11-6.
“It was a good game,” commented Copper Hills Head Coach Paige Pryor, “We kept it a fast-paced game. We tried to do a lot of passing, cut it across the field back and forth…just tried to play our game.”
Things started quickly when West Jordan took a shot that bounced off Copper Hills goalie, Holbrook, and the rebound was scooped by Jaguar Mia White who drove left and put a great bounce shot on cage for the score. The Grizzlies would respond, however, with a three-goal run, started by a Brenlee Fordham dodge from the top to score and followed by a Hannah Corbett goal from the wing and a Mikayla Vu tally.
West Jordan - Copper Hills
But the Jaguars weren’t about to lie down and give away the rivalry game, and they pushed back when Bella Waters drove and scored from the wing on a free-position goal.  Then the Jag’s Megan Bryson was able to tie things up when she dodged from behind the cage and buried a shot in the back of the net.  Copper Hills bounced back with a Kira Pryor goal, and West Jordan tied it back up when White took a free-position shot and bounced it top-pipe for the score.  It looked like the teams would go into the break tied, but the Grizzlies’ Taylor Fullmer faked out the Jaguar D and was able to drive and finish to put Copper Hills up one, giving them the 5-4 edge at the half.
After a quick Mercedes Kent goal for the Grizzlies to start the second half, the rivalry gene reared its ugly head and things started getting chippy, resulting in a penalty on both teams and a warning to fans from the officials and culture keeper of each squad.
With each team playing one player short, more shots were put on cage, but the Grizzlies’ Holbrook stood strong in cage and made several key saves to preserve the lead.  Finally, West Jordan’s White was able to score after Waters took the ball on a restart and made a precision pass for the assist.  But Copper Hills responded with a Danika LaSpina free shot and a Kent five-hole shot to put the Grizzlies up 8-5. After several more great Holbrook saves, goals from Vu and LaSpina gave the Grizzlies a commanding lead.  The Jaguars fought hard through the final whistle, Abby Henderson netting a late goal, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit, and they fell short 11-6.
“Our goalie did a great job – an outstanding job,” remarked Pryor, “Our defense really carried it and our attack was good; we just played well all-around.”
Each team will travel to Waterford next to take on the Ravens; Copper Hills will have a quick turnaround as they play the Ravens this Wednesday, April 9 at 5:30 pm and West Jordan will travel to Waterford this Friday, April 11 at 5:30 pm.

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