SOUTH JORDAN Before the 2007 season began, Jordan's sophomore forwards Libby Lundquist and Chelsie Sperry were relative unknowns. If they continue playing the way they did in Tuesday's 2-1 double-overtime win over Bingham in the first round of the 5A playoffs, they will not be left in obscurity long.
"I thought they played a good game," said 'Diggers coach Jesus Goyzueta of his combo up top. "There were times they acted like they were young, a little too anxious, but overall I thought they did a great job."
The scoring duo led the team in goals during the regular season. Lundquist had 11 goals while Sperry chipped in with nine. The pair kept up the stellar play in the playoffs as they accounted for both of the Jordan tallies.
Although Jordan controlled much of the play for the opening half, it appeared that it was going to be in vain. The 'Diggers had more scoring chances and dangerous opportunities but could not put one in the back of the net. In the 15th minute, Lundquist got through on a fast break and dribbled by Bingham keeper Cheyanne Mulcock. She hit that ball toward the open net, but her shot was cleared off the line by Andrea Sudbury. It was not until just two minutes before the break that Jordan finally broke through. Sperry collected a ball nearly 40 yards out from the goal and fired a shot. The ball bounced at an awkward spot for the keeper and skipped into the net.
"I didn't think it had a chance of going in," Sperry said. "I guess that is why coaches always tell you to shoot the ball. I just was really excited when I saw it go in."
Jordan continued to attack at the beginning of second half and almost added an insurance goal, but about midway through the closing stanza, the momentum shifted and Bingham pressed the issue.
"I thought the girls tensed up a little bit and quit playing their game," added Goyzueta. "They are young and inexperienced and I think it caught up to them a little bit."
With the Miners getting a better run of play, it was only a matter of time until they equalized. Shay Haddow got the goal in the 78th minute on a cross sent in from Liz Christensen and the game was headed to overtime.
After a scoreless first overtime, it took less than a minute for Lundquist to score the golden goal. Sperry was fed a through ball from Haley Hansen and raced toward the net. She hammered a shot that caromed off the left post and to the feet of Lundquist who took one dribble to the right and hit the ball back into the goal.
"I thought Chelsie's shot was going in, so I kind of went ARRrrggh, went it didn't," said Lundquist. "But I didn't quit on it and it came back to me and I hit it in. I was kind of blank for a minute, but then everyone ran over to me and I felt like I couldn't breathe."The win advances Jordan into tomorrow's quarterfinals where they will travel to play the Region 4 champs of Lone Peak.
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