Jordan (2-4, 1-1) and Copper Hills (1-7, 0-2) are two good teams who have had some struggles this season. A win was important for both of them. Each of the teams fought hard, but the Beetdiggers came away with a 12-7 win over the Grizzlies.
“This game was huge for us,” commented Jordan Head Coach Noah Hollander. “We needed that win in the conference; we needed that win just for confidence period.”
Coming on to the field, both teams understood the importance of this game with everyone fighting for playoff position. After winning the opening face-off, Copper Hills set up and quickly scored the first goal of the game within the first minute of play.
Throughout the rest of the quarter, both teams looked good on offense. They were making the right passes, but more importantly, they were shooting. Jordan came out on top at the end of the first with the score at 4-3.
The defensemen on both sides of the field realized that there were too many goals allowed in the first and began to step up their game. On the offensive side, players were struggling to make their passes and played moved back and forth quite a bit. The Beetdiggers had several opportunities to score, but because of unselfish play, extra passes were made, giving the defense more time to set up. While Jordan was held to just two goals in the second, Copper Hills failed to score any goals.[stu alias="fivestar1"][/stu]
“Jack [Zarbock] played excellent,” said Hollander. “As a unit the defense played real well.”
As the game moved on to the third quarter, play continued to look about like it had in the second quarter. Defense was playing well and offense was struggling to make passes and find the right shots. Copper Hills midfielder Tyson Heaps received a nasty check to the shoulder which seemed to take him out of the rest of the game with a possible dislocated shoulder. Heaps was able to return to finish out the game and was able to face-off for the Grizzlies. Each team was able to score, making it 7-4 going into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter proved to be much more exciting. Despite the score on the board, both teams fought like it was a tie game with just seconds left. The defense and rides were much more physical than any other moment in the game. Stick checks were on target, forcing many ground balls. On offense, clears were being made and a faster pace and shooters were finding good opportunities and capitalizing.
The first of the Beetdiggers’ goals came from long-pole Jack Zarbock in transition. After that, Jordan was firing away at every chance they had, with a total of 16 shots in the quarter. Attackman Shaylor Sylvester was the star of the night, scoring an incredible 6 goals and 1 assist for the Beetdiggers. Attackman Zach Pierce also racked up 3 goals and 2 assists.
Despite such a hard fought quarter, the Grizzlies were not able to make up the deficit and they fell to the Beetdiggers 12-7.
Summing up some of the things Jordan has yet to improve upon, Coach Hollander said, “We made way too many self-inflicted mistakes, a couple bad penalties, turned the ball over, careless with the ball and a little stagnant on offense. Definitely stuff we have been working on that hopefully we will be able to improve on as we continue down conference play.”
Jordan is set to play the Highland Rams (2-3) on April 15th. Highland picked up their second win for the season, a blowout against Murray, their first blowout win since 2008. Copper Hills will next take on returning champions Juan Diego on April 16th.