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Nevada's Coronado Slips by Juan Diego

It was a rainy spring afternoon at Soaring Eagle Stadium where Juan Diego hosted the Nevada powerhouse Coronado Cougars (currently ranked #95 in the nation) on Saturday. Both teams played fundamentally-sound defense and the game stayed within two goals for the duration of the contest. With the game tied and under four minutes to play, Coronado’s Dylan Wright found himself alone on the crease for a quickstick to put the Cougs up one, followed by Cougar Colin Clements dodging from the low wing and scoring before the slide could get to him, giving Coronado a two-goal cushion. The Soaring Eagle punched back; JD midfielder Chantz Hower lost his feet on a roll dodge, but managed to keep the ball, stood and rolled again, and buried a shot on crease and capping a hat trick. But the goal came with just 20 seconds remaining, and Coronado winning the ensuing face off sealed the deal, effectively ending the contest with the Cougars on top 7-6.
“It was a good game,” reflected Juan Diego head coach John Holmes, “we knew they were tough and we came out to play them hard — it was a good test for us. Defense played very, very well; holding those guys to seven goals is pretty good. [On offense] we just need to keep the ball moving. When we keep the ball hot, we’re pretty tough to deal with.”
The contest was really back and forth and was a fun one to watch. Coronado got on the board first, but Juan Diego responded and snuck two by the Cougar keeper, including a hard bouncer from JD face-off man Tristan Courtney. With just ten seconds remaining in the first, the Coug’s Wright ripped one from the high wing to tie things at 2 apiece.
The second quarter saw more defense as both offenses struggled to hang on to the ball or capitalize on transition. The Soaring Eagle’s Sean Edwards had a couple great saves early in the quarter to keep things tight. Juan Deigo would score two in the quarter, one from Courtney and the other a transition finish from Reilly Dumas. Coronado got one off a quick restart, Albert Bressler sending high-to-high heat and the quarter ended with the Soaring Eagle leading 4-3.
The third quarter saw some nifty saves from Coronado’s Zach Johns between the pipes and a hard ride from Juan Diego, effectively neutralizing both offenses. Hower was able to get one on a curl from X and deceptive sidearm shot and the Cougar’s Aldrich Cheng had a monster rip from the top of the box. The fourth quarter was more of the same, with JD hitting a couple pipes, but unable to put them in the back of the net.
“Tristan Courtney is our horse,” said Coach Holmes, “Chantz Hower is doing a great job and Zach Madsen is doing a nice job for us. Our guys knew this was a good team coming in, and we played ’em tough – we lost – but we played ’em tough.
Juan Diego will take on Nevada’s Palo Verde Panthers tomorrow, Sunday, April 10 at 9:00 am MDT, and Coronado will follow, playing against Park City at 1:00 pm.
 
 

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