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Spanish Fork Defeats Jordan in Season Opener

Spanish Fork WarriorsThe Warriors of Spanish Fork took on the Jordan Beetdiggers on Tuesday in the season opener for each team. Both teams played well, but the Warriors ended up dominating on both ends of the field, winning by a score of 11 to 7.
The first quarter began with both teams sharing possession of the ball fairly equally. The Beetdiggers were the first the first to score. The Warriors also scored in the first. The quarter ended with the score tied at one point.
Spanish Fork Head Coach Phil Dunn talked about their opening game: “It was our first game, so I was really looking at consistency on offense, getting into the offense sets early and sticking with them.”
The Warrior offense really began to pick up in the second quarter. Spanish Fork began to dominate possession and they ended up outscoring Jordan 4 to 1.
“Casey James did well on the faceoff. Several goals came off of his good faceoff play,” said Coach Dunn. James, a senior midfielder, scored two of his four goals in this quarter.
In the third quarter, Jordan stepped up their game and showed that they were not done. Out of the 5 shots they took, 3 ended up being goals. When they were shooting, they were scoring. The issue was that Spanish Fork defense was not giving them much of a chance to shoot. The quarter ended with Spanish Fork up 8 to 5.
The Warrior defense was relentless in the fourth quarter. This time, they only allowed 4 shots on goal. The Warrior defensemen knocked the sticks clean out of the hands of Beetdigger offense at least five times in the final quarter. Their offense also controlled the ball well and demonstrated their ability to work the ball around to set up plays.
“I felt like Payton Kimber, our sophomore, did really well on offense. Of course our attack, Jarom Plewe, is kind of the glue that holds the whole offense together. When he’s rolling we’re all rolling” continued Coach Dunn.
The fourth quarter belonged to Plewe and Kimber. Plewe scored his only goal and picked up two of his three assists in the final and Kimber scored one of his two goals.
When asked about what it was that won them the game, Coach Dunn stated, “I felt like we could beat them at the transition if we got the chance, and we did in the third quarter. And on our defense we made sure to shut down the inside. I think we did those things well. That is the reason we came out on top.”
The Warriors are set to take on the Alta Hawks on Thursday, March 7th. Jordan will compete against the Judge Memorial Bulldogs on March 12th.
In preparation of their upcoming game, coach Dunn said, “Alta, we really need to make them play our game. As long as we control the ball, we can dictate what they are doing on their offensive end. Possession will be a big key, and smart decisions.”

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