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West Jordan Outplays West in Season Opener

West Jordan Midfielder Andrew Harmon
It was a beautiful day outside; the sun was shining and there was a light breeze. It was a perfect day for lacrosse and the West Jordan Jaguars took advantage, defeating the West Panthers Tuesday afternoon. The was the first game of the season for both teams. West Jordan dominated most of the game and came out on top, winning 14 to 5.
West Jordan was the first to score. The Jaguars scored within the opening minutes, and then twice more soon after. They were playing smart on offense. They were making smart passes and finding the open man. West answered back with a couple goals of their own and the quarter ended with the Jaguars up 4 to 2.
The game got a little more physical in the second quarter. West Jordan continued shooting and scoring. They added three more points to their tally, bringing them up to. Jaguar Attackmen Chase Peterson participated in all but one of the seven goals, either with an assist or a goal himself. Jaguar defense stepped it up a notch as well, holding the Panthers scoreless in the second.
“Our defense found their weak spots, pushing through their weak sides,” said West Jordan Head Coach Mike Nunnelley. “Our slides were looking really good, so they did a good job shutting them down. I don’t know how many shots they got; our goalie, I don’t think, really had to work like he has in the past.”
At the start of the the third, the Jaguars scored again. But West was not going to give up at this point. Midfielder Zack Wolfe powered in an unassisted goal from the top of the restraining box. The Panthers then took advantage of a man-up situation, scoring again just as the penalty was released. Again, the Panthers scored from the top of the box. The goal was scored by attackmen Jon Olson. But in the end of the third, West Jordan was able answer back with a man-up goal of their own. The score at the end of the third was 9 to 5.
The fourth quarter belonged to West Jordan midfielder Andrew Harmon. Harmon scored four out of the five goals the team scored in the final quarter. On one play, Harmon got tripped up by Panther defense, was able to get up while still holding the ball. He then drew a penalty and scored a goal. West head coach begged to have his stick checked. The problem was that his stick had already been checked and passed. Referees checked it again, and again it passed. Harmon really was that good. To end the game, Harmon intercepted a clear, and with some fancy footwork, dodged past Panther defense. He found himself one-on-one with the goalie and easily scored. In the end, Harmon racked up 5 goals and 2 assists, while Peterson scored 4 goals and 3 assists for the Jaguars.
“We played well. We moved the ball around like we wanted them to,” continued Coach Nunnelley. “We had some issues to work with, being our first game. The start of the game was really good, then halfway through [West] started to do the ‘run and gun’ type of thing and not setting up and playing our game. We started playing their game. That’s when they started coming back on us. We slowed them down, which frustrated the other team.”
Looking towards their plans for the season, Coach Nunnelley stated, “I think one of our weak points we really need to work on is our face-offs. They were killing us on face-offs this game. I was more pleased with our passing than I expected, being our first game.”
West Jordan will move on to the Gathering of the Tribes tournament this Friday and Saturday. West will take on the Skyline Eagles at home on Thursday, March 14.

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