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West Jordan Outguns West For Victory

West Jordan Midfielder Andrew Harmon
West Jordan Midfielder Andrew Harmon

It was a battle of feline foes when the the West Jordan Jaguars (4-6, 1-0) beat the West Panthers (3-5, 1-0) in a Salt Lake Conference showdown by the score of 10-4 in West Jordan on Thursday.
The rain was coming down just hard enough to deform pockets, causing bad passes and slippery conditions. Both teams battled hard but were unable to find a rhythm. With 3:38 left in the first quarter, West Midfielder Christian Smith scored on a man-up play after West Jordan was penalized for a crosscheck. Two minutes later, West Jordan’s Andrew Harmon scored at the 1:06 mark to even the score. The score would remain tied at one to end the first quarter.
The rain started to subside at the beginning of the second quarter which helped West Jordan go on a five goal run over a 6 minute span. Harmon scored the first goal of the run at the 8:07 mark. Attackmen Cody Wright had two goals within 25 seconds followed by a Parker Adams goal 15 seconds later to help give the Jaguars a 5-1 lead. Junior Attackmen Nick Andersen finished the run with a goal at the 2:07 mark. West continued to play their game and were able to get on the scoreboard with 31 seconds remaining in the half on another man-up goal. The Jaguars had a 6-2 lead at halftime.

West Jordan Midfielder Andrew Harmon
West Jordan Midfielder Andrew Harmon
The third quarter was filled with fast breaks and sloppy play. Jaguar Senior Midfielder Travis Bonner scored a coast-to-coast goal at the 5:28 mark to extend the lead to 5 goals. West Midfielder Kiefer Corona scored at the 1:25 mark. On the play, West Jordan was penalized for a crosscheck to the head, resulting in a one minute non-releasable penalty. On the ensuing face-off, West Jordan was again called for a crosscheck to the head, leaving the Jaguars two-men down. West Jordan clamped down in a box formation, forcing the Panthers to take an outside shot that was gobbled up by West Jordan Goalie Cade Wright who threw the ball to the opposite corner of the field in order to kill the penalty. The West Jordan attackmen beat the West defensemen to the ball. Cody Wright scooped it up and took it to the cage, burning two defenders in the process. West slid to cover Wright, who found Harmon on the crease who caught the ball, faked the goalie, and slotted it home.
The fourth quarter was similar to the third. Harmon found the net two more times to bring his goal tally to five for the day. West Long Pole Jake Salinas scored for the Panthers when West Jordan failed to pick him up on a clear. Salinas looked for help but realized the Jaguar defense was leaving him open to shoot it. Salinas wound up and slotted it in the bottom left corner.
“I thought we had a great game,” said West Jordan Head Coach Mike Nunnelley. “Our defense played well and our goalie played well.”
West Jordan was led by Harmon with 5 goals and Cody Wright who had 2 goals and 3 assists. West was led by Corona who had 2 goals. West Goalie Raphael Chanut had 12 saves. Cade Wright had 6 saves for West Jordan.
“Josh Bott stood out to me today,” said Nunnelley. “He never gave up when he was in trouble and played great.”
Both teams will take the field on April 17 in crucial Salt Lake Conference games when West Jordan hosts East and West will take to the road to play at Waterford.

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