Judge coach Wayne Voorhies would like his Bulldog team to go unnoticed, but after a 4-3 shootout victory Tuesday over Woods Cross, that may be a little difficult.
Beating the Wildcats - a traditional soccer power - will open some eyes around the region, which began play Tuesday. But the Judge coach knows there are tough days ahead in the regular season."We have the toughest division in the state," Voorhies said. "It is just one game."
The match was hotly contested, with each team gaining - but unable to hold - an advantage during regulation. Woods Cross twice held one-goal leads, but it was the Bulldogs who appeared ready to triumph when Mike Stinson knocked in his second goal of the game on a header off on a corner kick with about 16 minutes remaining.
The Wildcats answered back about four minutes later when a gaggle of players converged to somehow score on a corner-cross that sent the game into a scoreless overtime that turned into a shootout.
Voorhies had his team prepared for the pressure of the shootout - `Dog players run hills when they miss penalty kicks in practice. But JMHS went a perfect 5-of-5.
"This is no way to decide a game," he said of the shootout win. "But somebody has to win."