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Pioneers Brave Weather to Claim Win Over Jaguars

The Pioneers hosted the West Jordan Jaguars Tuesday afternoon on a warm, but windy day. Lehi came off a two game losing streak at the hands of Copper Hills and American Fork and was looking for blood. Lehi controlled the ball much of the game and shot often, leading to a 14-3 win over the Jaguars.
Lehi opened the scoring when midfielder Justin Jackson fed the ball to attackman Ian Hullinger from behind the goal. Pioneer face off specialist Connor Boss quickly won the following face off, drove straight to the goal and scored. Lehi went on to score twice more while keeping the Jaguars scoreless.
Jackson continued Lehi’s streak in the second quarter with an early transition goal. At this point in the game the wind really picked up, but this did not slow the Pioneer’s pace; they quickly scored twice more.
In the last minute of the half West Jordan attackman Brady Nunnelly scored during the team’s first man up opportunity, assisted by Tanner Smith. This goal ended a Lehi seven-point streak. Lehi was able to add one goal more in the last seconds to end the half up 8-1.
Midfielder Spencer Blackham scored early in the third quarter to increase Lehi’s lead. As the quarter went on, Lehi did almost nothing but shoot the ball. Shot after shot was fired by various players. As a result, the Pioneers successfully scored 3 more goals. West Jordan struggled throughout the quarter to pick up ground balls which only created more shooting opportunities for the Pioneers.
Jaguar midfielder Jeremiah Bott was the first to score in the final quarter, this time to end a five-point Lehi streak. That goal was followed by two Pioneer goals. West Jordan scored their final goal in the last minutes and the game ended amidst a mixture of hail and wind, both teams frantically fighting to make a play. Lehi ended the game with a 14-3 win.
Lehi’s key in this game was to get the ball to Justin Jackson. Jackson was a pillar, scoring four goals and picking up three assists along the way. This set the pace for his teammates to continue regular scoring.
Lehi will face the Westlake Thunder on Wednesday. West Jordan will compete against neighboring school, Copper Hills. Neither game is against conference opponents.

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