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Waterford Beats West Jordan, Clinches Conference Championship

Waterford Attackmen Matthew West
Waterford Attackmen Matthew West

The Waterford Ravens (7-4, 4-0) defeated the West Jordan Jaguars (6-7, 3-1) by the score of 14-5 at the Waterford School in Sandy on Tuesday. With the win, the Ravens have clinched the Salt Lake Conference Championship, earning the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
Waterford dominated the whole game. Raven Attackmen Matthew West scored at the 7:18 mark to open the scoring. West Jordan Attackmen Cody Wright tied the game at the 5:13 mark on a slow break goal. That was the closest the game would be as Waterford went on a three goal run to lead 4-1 after one quarter of play.
The second quarter saw the Waterford defense hold the Jaguars scoreless. West Jordan had trouble in transition, failing to clear the ball several times. Waterford scored three goals in the quarter to give them a 7-1 halftime lead.

Waterford Attackmen Matthew West
Waterford Attackmen Matthew West
The third quarter was full of action. Waterford scored at the 10:17 mark but West Jordan Midfielder Andrew Harmon answered with a goal on the ensuing face-off. Waterford went on a three goal run but the Jaguars didn’t give up and found a two goal run of their own to close out the third quarter with a 11-4 score.
Waterford would score three goals in the fourth compared to one for West Jordan, sealing the win and the conference crown.
“We are always stressing fundamentals,” said Waterford Head Coach Dave Brattin. “We showed great control in the second half and that’s what won the game for us.”
Waterford was led by West who had 4 goals and 4 assists. West Jordan was involved in every Jaguar goal, recording 4 goals and 1 assist. In cage, Waterford Goalies Thomas Stockham and James Fricke each had 3 saves. West Jordan Goalie Cade Wright had 5 saves.
“West is our quarterback on offense,” said Brattin. “He distributed the ball well and took advantage of opportunities.”
Waterford will face Highland on Thursday in hopes of a perfect 5-0 conference record. West Jordan will play at Murray in hopes of clinching the No. 2 seed in the Salt Lake Conference.
Photo courtesy of David Welsh

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