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Jaguars Best Panthers in Battle of Big Cats

The West Panthers hosted the West Jordan Jaguars in sunny downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday afternoon. Both squads, who had yet to get a win, played like they knew this was their best chance to pick up “W” number one on the season. After a tight first quarter, the Jags played big and opened an eight-goal lead — it looked like the game was in the bag. However, the Panthers steeled themselves to protect their home turf and rattled-off five unanswered goals in the span of a couple minutes late in the fourth. It looked like the momentum might carry them to victory, but Father Time was not on West’s side, and their comeback bid fell short, West Jordan winning 12-9.
“It feels great! It feels good to finally get a win under our belts,” observed West Jordan coach Kade Brown, “It means a lot to us — to the coaches and the players — to finally get a win. We put all the hard work in and now it finally paid off.”
The Panthers were no slouch in their losing effort; they mounted a comeback bid that any team would be proud of and might have taken the game if it had just been a couple minutes longer. Standouts for West were Francis Celement, who battled at the face-off X and had four goals total, including two during the Panthers’ push at the end of the game, and Samuel Resetarts, who netted West’s first two goals of the day including a nice, high-wing sidearm rip.
Most of the goals on the day for both sides came on transition or unsettled situations. The Jaguars were led by Jeremiah Bott, who had four goals on the contest including a nifty behind-the-back tally on a fast break, and Daniel Harmon, who netted a hat trick on the afternoon.
“We took the word ‘team’ out and put the word ‘family’ in, and now we’re not a team — we’re a family,” said Coach Brown of his squad, “We’re all brothers. That’s our core right there is brothers and going out and fighting for the man that’s beside us.”
West Jordan has a quick turnaround, hosting Desert Hills on Friday at 6:00 pm, and West will be the home team against a tough Herriman squad next Wednesday at 4:30.
Don’t let the records of these two young squads fool you; both have some very good players and good potential. It should be exciting to see what’s to come in the next couple years for both the Jaguars and the Panthers.

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