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West Jordan Journal

Jaguar Soccer Doesn’t Give Up Despite Difficult Season

Oct 16, 2014 09:02AM ● By Greg James
The girls soccer team at West Jordan High School has endured a trying season. A key player injury and scores that do not reflect the team’s efforts have overshadowed its success.

“We have not had the best season. We have had little victories and have played hard. We have a lot of talent. We just have not gotten to a good level yet,” Jaguars head coach Kelsey Miller said.

The Jaguars finished their season 2-11. Their wins came over Hunter (3-2 in overtime) and Tooele (3-0). Despite the disappointments, Miller said the team never gave up.

“In our second game against Alta, even though we lost, I could see the improvement. We were still attacking.  Also, against Copper Hills we had a ton of chances,” she said.

Starting goal keeper Alexis Montoya fractured her ankle in practice before the second preseason game. Senior Abby Henderson was called on to replace Montoya.

Miller said that despite having little experience, Henderson has done well. She recorded a shutout Aug. 28 against Tooele.

Six players have scored goals for the Jaguars. The leading scorer is Bridget Lopez.

“This is [Lopez’s] first year playing for our team. She has good foot skills and awareness of where her players are. She has learned to find the gaps and set up a good shot. At first, I had to tell her to shoot,” Miller said.

The Jaguars will graduate 12 seniors this season. They finished in sixth place in Region 3 with a 2-11 overall record.