The West Jordan Jaguars took home an important conference win against the Highland Rams Thursday in West Jordan. The Jaguars ran away with a 13-6 win over the Rams.
West Jordan came out of the gates hot, scoring just a minute and sixteen seconds into the game. The Jaguars were looking excellent offensively, completing their passes and setting up plays. Highland was held scoreless in the first quarter, while West Jordan was able to pull ahead by three.
Despite being down, Highland did not give up. In the second they began to dominate face-offs, which continued throughout the rest of the game. The Rams were also able to put their first two points on the board in the second quarter, which were fruits of well-executed plays. Still, this improvement did not faze the Jaguars as they were also able to add four more points to their score.
The third quarter looked similar to the second. Both teams continued running their offense and taking smart shots. Partway through the third, West Jordan Midfielder Colton Williams scored a memorable fast-break goal. He followed that up with scoring on a second fast-break just minutes later. The quarter ended with West Jordan up 11-4.
In the fourth quarter, both teams stepped up on offense and defense. Several sticks were knocked out of their owners’ hands. Defensemen were stepping in front of shots. Attackmen and middies were not afraid to shoot. Throughout the game Highland Goalie Jacob De La Mare played excellently, however the fourth quarter was his time to shine. De La Mare added seven saves to his 18 total.
Highland’s play of the game, their final goal, came after winning yet another face-off. They quickly set up their offense, and before you knew it midfielder Colton Goates passed the ball flawlessly to Tommy Jacobsen as he slipped through the West Jordan defense, cutting to the goal. As quickly as Jacobsen received the ball he released it into the back of the net.
Rams Kameron Aguirre and Jacobsen scored two goals apiece while Highland face-off middies came away with the ball almost three-to-one throughout the game.
To go along with his two fast break goals, Williams scored three additional goals as well as one assist. Fellow Jaguar Cody Wright was also able to score three goals.
West Jordan began this season struggling a bit, losing their first four games. However, since that point they have turned things around winning six of the following eight games. When asked about what has made the difference, West Jordan Head Coach Mike Nunnelley said, “In the beginning of the season we needed to try things out to see what was working, solve the problems on defense, solve the problems on defense.” He continued, “The team is committed. They are coming to practice. They are setting individual goals and they are committed to reaching them.”
West Jordan faces Waterford on April 24 in a key conference game. The winner of that game will likely be the No. 1 seed coming out of the Salt Lake Conference. Also that day, Highland will take on West.