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Northridge Secures Division Win Over Highland

Northridge-LogoOn a gorgeous afternoon at Sugarhouse Park, Northridge traveled down to play Highland in a game where both teams showed nervous jitters, as both teams were playing their first regular season game of the 2014 spring season.
In the first quarter there were a lot of possession changes and forced turnovers as both teams tried to feel each other out. Highland struck first, just over half way into the first quarter with Andrew Parkin finding the back of the net for the Rams.  Northridge would answer just before the end of the first quarter when Kaden Hopper found Hunter Wilson on a well executed fast break to end the quarter 1-1.
In the second quarter, Northridge dominated the time of possession; however they couldn’t find the back of the net.  Then, on a broken fast break, Highland’s Nick Romney drove goal line and bounced a shot past Northridge keeper Calvin Bachtar at the 9:45 mark in the second quarter. Later in the quarter Northridge would respond at the 3:18 mark with another fast break goal with Parker Bray finding Wilson for another goal. Just before the quarter Northridge would strike again to gain some momentum heading into the half, when River Schenck found Hopper for a goal to end the half 3-2 in the favor of Northridge.
Coming out of halftime Northridge wasted no time taking the faceoff and scoring 12 seconds into the quarter when Northridge’s Wil Clifford found Scheck for the goal.  Highland answered right back a minute later when Chase Duncan found Parkin wide open on the backside of a busted defense for the easy goal. Northridge and Highland traded possessions most of the 3rd quarter until Northridge’s Clifford found the back of the net with under a minute in the quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Northridge as they maintained very long possessions and capped them off with 3 more goals from Hopper, Schenck, and Wilson who had a hat-trick on the day. Northridge ended the game with a 8-3 win to start the season off. Both goalies had excellent games with Highland’s Chris Price and Northridge’s Bachtar ending with 9 saves each.
Northridge Sophomore Defender Andrew Olsen stated, “The team played pretty well but passing and catching could have been better.”
When asked about his team’s performance, Head Coach Mark Aikens echoed the sentiment, “For our first game out we were a little ragged, but towards the end our passing and catching really improved. I thought we really cleared the ball very well and played strong defense which we have been really working on.”
Highland will look to rebound quickly from this loss when they face off against West on Friday in the team’s first away game of the season. For Northridge, they will have to wait until next Thursday to build on this conference win when they play at home against West Jordan.

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