OGDEN — The Jayhawks are tired, but they aren’t slowing down.
Despite having just 12 players on its roster, the St. Joseph boys soccer team continued its impressive winning streak on Wednesday, knocking off 2-A Central rival Waterford 2-0 at Lew Joseph Memorial Field.
Substituting players regularly throughout the game, Waterford kept fresh bodies on the field, but still couldn’t match the Jayhawks’ intensity. St. Joseph held the Ravens to zero shots on goal until the 67th minute, as goalkeeper Mitch Kohler earned his state-leading fifth shutout of the season.
“Our boys are used to playing 80 minutes without subbing, so they’re always playing tired,” said St. Joseph coach Derek Tate. “I’m impressed with how well conditioned they were, especially coming off a 10-day break and not practicing until Monday.”
St. Joseph (8-2, 6-0) won its seventh straight match to remain atop the region standings.
The Jayhawks had a few missed opportunities in the early going, but got on the board in the 21st minute when sophomore striker Oswald Cruz chipped in a shot after splitting a pair of defenders on an assist from junior forward Adam Brodstein.
Both teams traded momentum for the next 44 minutes, but Brodstein picked up his 14th goal of the year on a free kick that sailed just out of reach of Waterford keeper Adam Curtis into the back of the net.
Brodstein’s 14 goals are good enough for second in the state 2-A ranks this season.
“I don’t really know how to put it other than Adam is always wanting to score,” Tate said. “We try to get the ball to him and Ozzie (Cruz) often so we can build off their possessions.”
Waterford (3-6-1, 2-4) — the two-time defending state champion — made a few late charges, getting off five shots in the final 13 minutes, but Kohler and the Jayhawks held on for the shutout victory.
“I’m happy with how we’ve been playing and I think we were patient and waited for things to happen for us,” Tate said.
“Records don’t matter in games like this, because these guys (Waterford) always have strong finishes. Our boys are always motivated for the rivalry games.”
• Bear River 4, Stansbury 1: At Garland, junior right-hander Jordan Theurer tossed a four-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks.
The two-time defending league champion Bears scored four first-inning runs on four hits, two Stallions’ errors and a walk.
Shaunie Owen smacked a two-run homer over the left-field fence. Kassi Fronk and Theurer each had an RBI single in the first for four-time defending state 3-A champion Bear River (13-3 overall, 7-1 league).
Stansbury is 16-5, 5-3.
• Grantsville 12, Morgan 2 (five innings): At Grantsville, the Cowboys (10-5-1, 5-2) scored eight third-inning runs to sweep the Trojans this season.
Freshman Chandler Hipwell homered for Morgan (2-16, 1-6), which committed seven errors.
• Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s 17, Layton Christian 2 (four innings): At Salt Lake City, the Eagles fell to 0-5, 0-4.