DRAPER If there is one thing Jordan High has complete confidence in this season, it is its offense. The Beetdiggers feel like they can score whenever they get on the field.
Still, Jordan even felt a little surprised with how quickly and effectively it picked apart Juan Diego's defense on Wednesday.
"We thought we were going to have trouble adjusting to the turf, but we were running them to the ground," forward Libby Lindquist said.
Lindquist helped the Beetdiggers use that frenetic pace to their advantage. The junior scored a goal in each half to lead Jordan to a 3-1 victory over the Soaring Eagle at Juan Diego High.
Her first goal came in the 21st minute as the finishing touch on a successful breakaway. A pair of Juan Diego defenders stayed right on Lindquist's heels as she drove through the penalty area. She fired in stride and buried the ball in the left corner when keeper Allison Bruder shifted right to put the Beetdiggers up 1-0.
Lindquist also capped off the scoring in the 52nd minute with an alert rebound play. Bettina Oesch boomed a free kick at Bruder, who deflected the shot back out into the penalty area. The ball sailed right at Lindquist and she sent it flying back the other way for an easy goal.
In both instances, Jordan put itself in a position to score simply because the Beetdiggers didn't give up trying to find ways to create shots.
"That's one of our key points is to get out and get more shots on goal than the other team," Jordan coach David Trapp said. "Get it into the 18, get shots on goal, and good things will happen."
Jordan shot early and often. But the bounces didn't always go the Beetdiggers way. Oesch nearly put Jordan on the board in the 14th minute, when she uncorked a well-timed shot that bounced off the crossbar. That scenario replayed itself in the 63rd minute when Bailey Pearson tried to extend the lead, only to have the ball ricochet off the crossbar.
Juan Diego also came up with strong defensive plays at various points to keep the game from getting out of hand. Monique Morrison, Madi Harper and Carrie McGeehan all came up with key blocks to stop almost certain goals at various points when the Beetdiggers had looked to successfully forced Bruder out of the net.
Trapp liked how his offense was able to make the Soaring Eagle defense work overtime to stop big plays from developing.
"This is a smart bunch of girls," Trapp said. "They understand the game."
Jordan took a 2-0 lead into halftime after Hailey Dutson scored on a penalty kick in the 36th minute.After Juan Diego successfully weathered a flurry of Jordan shots to open the second half, Shalyn Roberts cut it to 2-1 in the 49th minute. Roberts angled a high arching shot past Kelsey Garner along the far post.
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