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Olympus Tops Jordan, 10-5

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Jordan Goalie Sasha McKee
The Jordan Beetdiggers hosted the Olympus Titans on Monday March 11, 2013 in what has historically been known as a great rivalry. History has proven that this would be a physical, emotional, and downright grind-it-out game. The Beetdiggers came into the game with a 1-0 record after beating Brighton earlier last week. The Titans arrived to the field with a 2-0 record after wins against Juan Diego and American Fork.
The game started in favor of the Beetdiggers who held control of the draw with great finishes by Whitney Sue Sieverts. With a 3-0 lead in about the first two minutes Jordan looked promising for a blowout. Sasha Mckee had numerous amounts of saves, kick saves, punch saves, and even a stick save. Olympus pressed hard to bring the game close at the half. Olympus came out of the half with a new game plan to press hard on the ride from the restraining line down, a tactic that has been known to define Olympus: hard rides. Jordan struggled to clear the ball and it lead to many fast break opportunities for Olympus who capitalized.
One of the key moments was when Jordan tried to stall in the second half, being down by one, 4-3. Perplexing as it was, it led to a free position goal for Jordan. However, for the Beetdiggers, the tactic lost valuable time and momentum, two things Olympus wanted anyways.  Olympus then gained the next draw and scored on a easy crease roll dump play, something that has come to be known as BK (after Bishop Kelly). The game then swung heavily in favor of the Titans who scored off of easy BK-type plays and finished the game with a stalling offense, winning 10-5.
Thoughts on the Game
Jordan: This is obviously not the same team as last year that saw 7 All-State players graduate, 6 going on to play college lacrosse. They are rooted in their All-State goalie Sasha Mckee, who has proven to keep them in games with her spectacular saves. With a core of veteran players trying to hold their heads above water, Jordan needs to embrace their new young players in order to advance in the standings. As for now, anticipate Jordan missing the playoffs.
Olympus: Olympus looks geared to make a run in the playoffs. Although their stick skills are not up to par that is usually associated with the Davies coaching they do appear to still have the aggressive play that we often see from Olympus. They do need to improve in their midfield transitions as well as their set offense. Look for them this weekend at the Gathering of the Tribes Tournament where they will see Alta, a good test for the Titans and a defining moment in their season.

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  1. What a great and well written article. Welcome to another season of girls lacrosse. May each team be successful and enjoy playing this wonderful team sport. May the coaches teach with love and remember these teenagers need guidance and support.

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